Have you ever felt like you’ve been disqualified for service to the Lord because of something you have done? Because this seems to be a resounding theme of scripture that God is a God of second chances.
Yesterday we continued our series, “Jonah: The Outrageous Love of God” by exploring Jonah 3. Our young adult/campus pastor, Katherine Sikma did a fantastic job probing the story and mining some important insights and implications. She referenced Old Testament scholar Douglas Stuart who wrote about why Jonah was included in the Old Testament canon:
“The main purpose of the book is to teach Israelites that God loves other nations than their own; or, in fact, to teach us that he loves other nations than our own. In service of this purpose, Jonah stands for most Israelites— or most of us—as he represents the typical attitude people tend to have toward nations they have no reason to love themselves.”
Who have you disqualified from God’s outrageous love? What people have you written off, ignored,and deemed outside of God’s love and mercy?
Here are Katherine’s closing comments:
“But God still uses Jonah, despite his snarkiness and outright rebellion. God’s purposes are accomplished, but I can’t help but think what more could have happened if Jonah’s will had been aligned with God’s from the start.Has the Lord been prompting you to action in some way in your life? Perhaps you’re being called to true repentance this morning. Or perhaps you’re being sent to talk to a friend or co-worker? Is the LORD calling you this morning do something incredibly hard that you just don’t want to do?
Are you willing to speak on God’s behalf, or go in God’s name, to places God may send you? Even if it means your life getting really complicated? How will you respond this morning? We can learn some things from Jonah’s story: God’s will will be done. I pray that God teaches me to put aside my own feelings, and to submit to God’s will and God’s glory.”
We closed by praying together this Covenant Prayer which was adapted and used by John Wesley:
I am no longer my own,
Use me as you choose;
Rank me alongside whomever you choose.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering;
Let me be engaged for you,
Or laid aside for you.
Raised up for you,
Or brought down low for you;
Let me be full, let me be empty,
Let me have all things,
Let me have nothing.
With my whole heart
I freely choose to yield
All things to your ordering and approval.
So now, God of glory,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
You are mine, and I am Your own.
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Build Your Kingdom Here (Rend Collective)
- The Lord ‘s Prayer
- Mighty Fortress (Aaron Shust)
- Your Love Never Fails (Anthony Skinner)
- Lord, I Need You (Matt Maher)
- Announcements and Offering
- Here’s My Heart (Crowder)
- Message (Jonah 3)
- Lord Have Mercy Brady Toops and Mia Fields)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this past weekend at The Worship Community.