Craig T. Kocher states in his commentary, "Christian hope is fundamentally different from optimism. Christian hope locks its steely eyes on the devastation of the world around it, and readily acknowledges that things may not get better. Christian hope does not bury its heat in Yule-tide cheer and artificial lights, but like an Advent wreath glowing stronger and brighter each week, this hope pushes its way into the brokenness of the world clearing a path in the wilderness so the true light might burst into the darkness."
You might be thinking, aren’t we done with Advent and Christmas? Yes, Lent and the season of personal reflection is soon upon us, but this comment by Kocher speaks exactly to where we are after this series on idols. We have spent the past two months looking at the idols of our lives reflecting on where our gods are and where God is in relationship to our everyday lives. I personally have found this to be one of the most challenging and rewarding sermon series’ I have wrestled with in my ministry. Why, because it hit me right where I needed to be challenged. Where is that? MY IDOLS!
Do you remember the song which Jonny Lee covered, “Lookin’ for Love in all the Wrong Places?” I would like to change that to, “Lookin’ for Hope in all the Wrong Places.” We have this penchant to go searching for that which will give us hope and or meaning. Why is that? We are wild at heart and go searching for meaning, but then we hear the words of God…
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Our idols come from searching for gods outside of ourselves. What we find is that they never fully satisfy and they keep taking and taking without giving back. But God tells us that he dwells within us?!?!? To find fulfillment, we need to look at our own hearts and spend time in introspection. Introspection is so painful and hard because it requires us to spend a lot of time looking in the mirror at our “real” selves. Have you begun that hard but eternally rewarding look?
See you in worship,
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