October 6th (17th Sunday after Pentecost) “Rekindle the Gift of God” – World Communion Sunday
Main Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-4 (Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Luke 17:5-10)
Way too many people are looking for their news from the media. That is not to say the media is “fake news” as has become the catch phrase for anything we don’t want to hear. The media and the news we receive, however, is incomplete news. No matter the source, the media is incapable of reporting the full news just as surely as we are incapable of receiving it. Only God is able to not only process everything but fit it together into a larger purpose and meaning. That purpose and meaning is Good News. The prophet Habakkuk is tired of watching destruction and violence. He is tired of watching strife and contention. He didn’t have 24 hours a day and 7 days a week news media. He steps up to the watch tower and waits for God to answer, and God does. He answers with assurance of a vision and assurance of a power greater than the prophet can see. What would happen if we stepped up to a higher perspective and sought a vision from the Lord? This higher vision and assurance is the gift of God given us in Jesus Christ. Timothy is told to rekindle this Gift of God in his life. Mustard seeds were outlawed in Jewish gardens because though the smallest of seeds, they spread like kudzu. Jesus, in the Gospel, says faith operates in the same way. Are you ready to rekindle the gift of faith in your life? Watch out, because, that little seed can take over your life and ultimately the world. Let’s step up and step out in the vision of God!