On Sunday, December 19, 2010 I preached a sermon about righteousness. I defined righteousness as bearing the cost of God’s intrusive presence in our life every day. The Gospel of Matthew tells the story of Joseph, who forfeited his rights as a Jewish, First-century male in order to provide a safe and stable environment for the Christ to be born. as part of that sermon I read a story about a taxi driver who spent an evening driving an elderly woman through the neighborhoods of her life before she entered a hospice. Several people have asked about that story. You can find the full version here:
Since preaching that sermon several people have shared some pretty remarkable stories about the way God has appeared in their lives in the form of someone in need of grace, love, kindness, encouragement etc… It has made me begin to wonder how many of those stories exist within our congregation.
How cool would it be to start a collection of those stories? Not to make ourselves appear to be wonderful people, but to inspire someone else to see that God appears every day in our lives. When we forfeit our time, energy and/or resources to share the goodness of God with someone, no matter how insignificant it may seem to us, then we have become like Joseph. We bear the cost and the Christ is born in us and through us. New life is the result.
Would you consider sharing a story of God’s intrusive presence in your life? Tell it in the comment section below. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling or getting things just right. Just share your story as an inspiration to others.