It’s that time again – Sunday reflections!
So, this week is just a little bit different. I picked up bits and pieces of different sermons and scripture that I loved, so it’s going to just be a compilation of different things that I enjoyed hearing, and some things I thought about throughout the week.
I have been going through the Sermon series from The Village Church called “In His Image” It’s SO great, and really just hits the point home about how we truly are made in the image of God, and how much value we should feel because of that. Something I need to work on. Being valuable to God > Trying to find value in being super fit.
Points that I found interesting:
Pastor Matt made 3 key arguments to show that we are different than any other thing on this earth. He used his dog, Gus, as an example for comparison and made the point about if he was having hard times financially and asked someone If he should get rid of his wife, kids or dog to help get rid of costs, NO ONE would say the dog. Because people are far more valuable since they are made in the image of God. Here are the 3 arguments he made:
- We can actually seek God. His dog does not lay awake at night worrying about how his kids are going to grow closer spiritually to the Lord, or feel shame days later for doing something that was considered sinful, like people do.
- We have a different relationship with nature. Animals are naturally chaotic, and that is just that. Humans exercise authority and try to place order back into chaos.
- We have a different relationship with each other. No lion gets PTSD when they kill another lion. It’s just how they are (chaotic.)
Side note: He made sure to bring the point home that, because we have authority and are made in the image of God, we should steward that authority by caring for animals and treating them with love and kindness. Just so no one thinks I am being hard on animals. I <3 them so. I would die without my puppy.
Food for thought: I was listening to another sermon and it was about having sound doctrine. The pastor opened up the sermon by talking about being on the Whole30 and how, although it was HARD, he felt so good eating a whole, healthy diet. He mentioned how so many people worry about having a healthy food diet, and no one even thinks about having a healthy spiritual diet. I never really made the comparison to healthy doctrine=healthy diet. It definitely convicted me, as ya’ll know I’ve spent MEGA time worrying about what I eat…..but not mega time worrying about what is nourishing my soul.
Scripture that stood out to me: Matthew 9 Verse 12: “On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”
Can I just get an Amen? Yes, I know that is cheesy. But, it’s so reassuring to know that Jesus didn’t just come to save all the “righteous” people because, well, I would be hard out of luck. He came to give grace to us who fail, and continually do so.
Until next week! <3