Last night I had the opportunity to join the Bishop's Guild to reflect upon the Easter Season and Pentecost. We took time to focus on the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion, fellowship, and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We spent time delving into the first two chapters of the Acts of the Apostles to examine the ways we grow as a community of believers. I challenged the attendees with one short statement. "Don't live a small life!"
We are called to be saints. We are equipped for the journey through the outpouring of God's grace in our lives. Jesus said, "I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10) If we believe that statement there is no way we can settle for living a small life. We are destined for greatness. We are called to sanctity.
In Acts 2:42 we are reminded that we are a learning Church. We never cease pursuing knowledge of the Lord as we continue to devote ourselves to the apostles' teaching. As we join together in fellowship it becomes clear that we are a caring and nurturing Church. Finally, as we share in the breaking of the bread and prayer, we grow together as a community of persistent praise and faithful worship. These components come together to prepare us to be sent forth on mission to evangelize the world.
During this Easter Season I encourage you to read the Acts of the Apostles. See how the grace of God moved in the early life of the Church. How will the grace of God move in your life today? You are destined for greatness. You are called to be a saint. Don't miss the opportunity!