From church last night. Pastor Dahlstrom showed a music video of one of the prettiest songs I've ever heard.
Notes on Acts 28:
Above everything, do not let your heart be hardened to the voice of God.
In spite of all Paul has gone through, he still emparts hope to everyone he comes in contact with. And we can fully identify with Paul: he's us! He tries and fails; he gets discouraged. But he's a person of hope in his full humanity.
We're called to be the presence of the future, offering snapshots of the kingdom of Jesus. We're creating shards of light.
We live in this tension of the now and the not yet. The darker the world gets, the more opportunity we will have to shine.
The triumph of service over selfishness is where we're called. Filled up with all the fullness of God, so we are able to give, able to serve. "I am what I give." We can still be people of hope in the midst of our prisons.
It all comes down to relationships. This is the validity of the Gospel: in that you have love for one another.
For you to move into God's story, He asks you to open your hands and die to everything you're holding above Him. You have to move into the life God is calling you to. If you don't, you're missing the opportunity to do the one thing that matters in this world: to be light bearers in the darkness. To be harvesters of light.