S (Scripture): Ephesians 1:20 God’s power was at work in Christ when God raised him from the dead and sat him at God’s right side in the heavens, 21 far above every ruler and authority and power and angelic power, any power that might be named not only now but in the future. 22 God put everything under Christ’s feet and made him head of everything in the church, 23 which is his body. His body, the church, is the fullness of Christ, who fills everything in every way.
O (Observation): The Church is the BODY OF CHRIST! Has that sunken in???!!!
We are not just sinful ole me and sinful ole you! We are ALSO THE INCARNATION OF THE CHRIST!!!
Saint and Sinner.
Slave and Free.
A (Application): And we have power and authority from God! We are no longer bound by the status quo of Christianity.
We are no longer bound by what people might say about us if we push for human rights for all people.
We are no longer bound by what people might say about us if we sponsor and have a booth at the BoroPride event in September.
We are no longer bound by what people might say about us if we feed the homeless without wondering why they might be “taking advantage” of us.
We are the fullness of Christ. As we reset our minds to believe this, miracles happen. Not of our own doing, but of God working through us.
The immigrant realizes that someone cares about them.
The gay couple realizes that God loves them unconditionally.
The homeless person is fed and realizes they are loved.
It’s very basic, but deeply profound. We are the body of Christ. We are Christ.
P (Prayer): Gracious God, help us to see that you do indeed dwell within us. Amen.
P.s. If you are interested in how Lutherans are involved with the resettlement of refugees and immigrants, check out the website for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services: LIRS.org.