Grasping for God
Revelation 3:1-6 MSG
Write this to Sardis, to the Angel of the church. The One holding the Seven Spirits of God in one hand, a firm grip on the Seven Stars with the other, speaks: “I see right through your work. You have a reputation for vigor and zest, but you’re dead, stone-dead. “Up on your feet! Take a deep breath! Maybe there’s life in you yet. But I wouldn’t know it by looking at your busywork; nothing of God’s work has been completed. Your condition is desperate. Think of the gift you once had in your hands, the Message you heard with your ears—grasp it again and turn back to God. “If you pull the covers back over your head and sleep on, oblivious to God, I’ll return when you least expect it, break into your life like a thief in the night. “You still have a few followers of Jesus in Sardis who haven’t ruined themselves wallowing in the muck of the world’s ways. They’ll walk with me on parade! They’ve proved their worth! “Conquerors will march in the victory parade, their names indelible in the Book of Life. I’ll lead them up and present them by name to my Father and his Angels. “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”
Life seems much different now than when I was young. Then, children always seemed to have time for play. We climbed trees, played ball, and read in the evenings. We had responsibilities around the house but time to play was just as important. We lived for what they now call unstructured play.
Today rarely play is unstructured. Many neighborhoods are not safe to just let our children run free and many parents today highly structure each moment. Often our kids have multiple after school activities with few moments to just relax and be. It seems we are programming our children's lives, each and every moment.
We also seem to have capitalized on keeping ourselves busy. We move from getting the family around and ready for the day to work and then finally back home for our evening tasks, homework and then preparing for the next day's agenda. The cycle continues.
Sometimes it seems we are living for the cycle rather than having the cycle help us to remain focused on the task at hand. Today's Scripture reminds us that our busywork can get in the way of focusing on the plan God's has given for us to be busy with. God has given each one of us special gifts to serve God and participate in God's work in the world. We have seen how God works for good and brings healing to the world. The problem with seeing the needs around us is that we then must work for change in the world. We can't be oblivious and keep sleeping when we know God is calling us to do more, calling us to awake.
When we grasp for God we choose to follow and yearn to go where God leads. We will listen for the Spirit's call to follow God. When we come to a time where we have to choose a direction, we reflect upon what God seeks for us and listen for God's voice.
How can we grasp after God if we are not listening for the voice of God? How can we seek God's face, if we are not looking for the face of God in our community? How can we direct our bodies toward the presence of God, if we are not willing to live by the rules and ways of our Almighty Ever-Present God? May we seek, follow, look and be with God in body, mind and spirit today and every today.
Prayer: Almighty and Ever-Present God, guide our steps and help us grasp and seek your love, your peace, and your understanding. May we yearn to follow you and your ways. Help us to listen for your voice and live as followers of the One God as disciples of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey, Author
Rev. Kelsey is proud to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, MI. Together with the faithful and loving worshipping community at FPC. she enjoys sharing God's Word with others, working to help folks experience God's love and discern their direction in life, and lovingly reach out to the greater Pontiac community.