Generous Living – The Fight For Love and Glory
By the time you read this post, Father’s Day 2019 will have come and gone. Pastor Ed, as is typical for most American Christian churches, presented a message themed on being a father. Ed’s sermon also raised the question which transcends fatherhood and focuses on the essence of who men are. Alluding to the movie, Saving Private Ryan, Ed asks “what does it take to be a good man?” We ask ourselves what it means to be a man in our culture, in our world, in the eternal cosmic matrix of life. The ultimate question for many men (and women also) is what is my purpose and does my life mean anything.
Many lives have come and gone through the centuries with volumes written on this question. In 2019 we still are in search of the answers. It is simple yet vastly complex all at the same time. I think the classic song, As Time Goes By, mostly remembered for its role in the movie Casablanca, sums it up — “It’s still the same old story, a fight for love and glory.” We look for self-worth and for love. We seek to love and to be loved and to know deep down we are significant.
I will cut to the chase. Better yet, to the climax, an event that changes everything. An eye witness to this event summed it up succinctly recording, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The same eye witness later writes that, “He came that I may have life and have it abundantly.” John not only saw and knew something; he knew he was forever changed. The life and resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything. In Him and through Him men everywhere can experience on every level of life - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and eternal — victory in the fight for love and glory.
Jesus gave His life for me. I am a child of God. I have value and meaning and I am loved. Greater love has no man than he lay his life down for another. Just ask Private Ryan. Another eyewitness writer, the Apostle Paul, stated, “For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus says love others as I have loved you.
So, in our modern culture, what does this fight for love and glory look like? Simply put, it means we as Christ-followers are guided to love God and love othersbut in the wonderful diversity and richness of life it is a journey of complex discovery. What can I do or where do I go for guidance, wisdom and knowledge. Fortunately we are not in it alone. The sacred writings reflecting the life and love of Jesus are full of directives that conclude with the phrase, one another,as in pray for one another or bear one another’s burdens to mention two. This is who we are at GateWay. Connected by Jesus Christ, we are all about the one another. Come join us as we discover who we are, why we are loved, why we have meaning and how to live it out.