Sunday, May 11, 2014

LET YOUR CORE SOAR: Stoney Creek Sermonette No.1

Psalm 119:17-24
The Message (MSG)
Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life;
    not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road.
Open my eyes so I can see
    what you show me of your miracle-wonders.
I’m a stranger in these parts;
    give me clear directions.
My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!—
    insatiable for your nourishing commands.
And those who think they know so much,
    ignoring everything you tell them—let them have it!
Don’t let them mock and humiliate me;
     I've been careful to do just what you said.
While bad neighbors maliciously gossip about me,
    I’m absorbed in pondering your wise counsel.
Yes, your sayings on life are what give me delight;
    I listen to them as to good neighbors!

Since this is the day we celebrate our mothers, I guess that should have been the topic of the first Sunday Stoney Creek Sharing.  Instead, I have decided to take on the subject of the birth of our souls rather than the celebration of the person who gave birth to our bodies.  It is our souls that are at the core of our beings and which will live beyond the death of our biological bodies.  As I have said before, you do not have to believe this for it to be a reality.  However, you might want to at least consider the possibility that it is a reality because it is your soul, the core of your being, which determines more about your reality than your mind, body, economic status or social status.

One cannot read the 119th Psalm without coming away knowing our souls long for nourishment from and relationship with our Creator.  This is not just some silly passing notion.  It is a deep felt need in all peoples around the world down through history.  No record of any group of people has ever been found where they did not have some form of way to communicate with the place they thought life came from and went to.  It is a deep seated need. Whatever psychiatry, scientists and academia say about the soul does not change the fact that people feel the need to have their souls fed.

This isn't about heaven or hell.  The point isn't that sin may make you end up in hell one day, but rather that not being in a relationship with the Creator makes your soul sick today which puts your life into a spin cycle that feels like hell.  A healthy soul can bring health to the rest of your life.  I don’t just mean eternal life, but to your outer life right now on earth.  A healthy inner life means a better outer life.  Let your core soar and draw closer to the One who can bring “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7 (NRSV)

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