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"Is It Thinkable?"

Posted on July 12, 2017

In the church bulletin:

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Be sure to bring your husbands.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, superb entertainment, and gracious hostility.
This evening at 7 p.m. there will be a hymn sing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin. 

The Point - One little, ordinary letter missing in the midst of a sentence isn’t that big of a deal.  But it is a big deal if the true message is going to be communicated.

One little ordinary person missing in the midst of a world full of people and events isn’t that big of a deal.  But it is a big deal if the true message of a personal and powerful God is going to be communicated.

In Matthew 17:24 we have this for a setting: There are no multitudes, no electrifying events, and no special celebrities.  Ultimately, Jesus and Peter are in a very ordinary setting (house) talking about a very common subject (paying the taxes they owe).

Many of us can identify with that kind of setting. Few of us will have multitudes standing in line hanging on our words.  Not many of us start the day with celebrity status.  Most of us will come from very ordinary settings having spent much of the week dealing with very common matters.

But it is into that setting that Peter finds gold!  Literally (Jesus told Peter to go to the lake and get a gold coin from the mouth of a fish).  Is it possible that God is waiting in the ordinary settings of today to engage us and ignite us? Is it thinkable that common subjects and encounters can launch us into the greatness of God? 


Here we are, Lord.  Use us today as You see fit.