Pastor’s Pen 7th April 2019

Shalom. I trust you are changed by your time here today as you seek to respond 
to God and His presence amongst us.
Worship is something both intensely private but profoundly communal. It’s a funny mix of tensions but that is true of our whole life isn’t it? 
Because the reality is that events happen to, in, with and around me or you, yet we can have totally different reactions to the same thing. Sometimes that is determined by whether we are a spectator or a participant. As a spectator I can appreciate or empathize with someone, but won’t ‘know’ what it’s like unless it becomes an act of imagination. As a participant, I can appreciate what it means for me and identify on a deeper level with other participants, because we can understand 
what it is really like. It’s true that no one can say ‘I know just what you’re going through…”, because they aren’t you going through it; though if they’ve been through something similar they’re able to connect better.
That’s part of the reason Jesus came as a man. I find it easier to ‘connect’ with Jesus knowing that he comprehends what it’s like to be human. Yet, there is still that God aspect, that perfection that Christ challenges me to emulate, with the help of the Holy Spirit, as I follow Him. 
Heb 10:14 says… he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. So apparently I’m perfect, and there’s a high probability you are too. Also, we’re being made holy. How do I know I’m being made holy? When I can meet with others, respond well and contribute to an atmosphere and attitude of holiness, when I can allow you to rub shoulders with me and not get irritated, when I can not only put up with others differing ways, but welcome the diversity and encourage Christ to be in you. How can you be holy? By doing the same. 
Jesus invites us to… Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt 11:29-30 The Message)
When I’m at ease in my skin and at peace with you being in yours and Christ is in charge then holiness will start to flow.
Have a great week and be a little bit holier.

Bless ya
Pastor Mike