My wife and I love to cook. It’s not easy with 3 little kids, but we cook a lot. We don’t go out much and instead, we cook our food. The other night – we botched it. Well…mostly I did. I grill a lot of our food. And this particular meal was slow cooked grilled short ribs. It was going to be good. But I guess I left the grill too hot, and left them on too long. That’s a nice way of saying they were absolutely burnt to a crisp. Shriveled. Dry. Terrible. Basically, they looked like a “burnt offering to the Lord” in which no meat should be eaten but burned completely as God commanded the people in the Old Testament.
Speaking of burnt offerings, we’ll be talking about that a bit at this evening’s (2.28.2018) Wednesday Lent service as we look at the theme of The Altar. The Altar has always been a significant piece of “furniture” in the lives of God’s people, including ours. It’s a place where sacrifices are offered. It’s a visible representation of sins being transferred from a worshiper to the sacrificial offering.
On Sunday, March 4th, we continue with our “I Give Up” series. This week’s emphasis is Power. I Give Up: Power.
No one likes to be weak. No one wants to be small. We all want to be significant. We want power.
Many call the President of the United States of America the “most powerful person in the world.”
You want your pick-up truck to have the “most power.”
Tim the Tool-Man Taylor (man that was a great show…) did whatever he could to get “more power.”
In 2 Corinthians 4, the Apostle Paul says, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” Paul boasts in his weakness because when he is weak, Jesus is strong.
That’s a radical statement! It’s so counter-cultural, yet it is so true. And…wouldn’t you say it’s freeing?
Let’s Give Up Power.