In December, our worship services began a journey through the Gospel according to Luke. As Luke conveys the story of Jesus he adds a bit of flavor unique to his writing; that God the Father has an agenda of including the outsider in the people around Jesus through a fresh work of the Holy Spirit.
The past few weeks I have run into several stories where God’s inclusion of the outsider and a fresh work of the Spirit is more than the text we read in worship, it is happening now, in our midst.
In the food pantry, a man talked about how he had been lost, like no one saw him. At the pantry, he found people who listened and saw him. The outsider was being included.
A teacher in Grow To Know preschool joined some kids ministry leaders at a Kids Ministry conference. She returned with passion, vigor, and an unleashed imagination for seeing kids flourish in their love for God and others. There is a fresh work of the Holy Spirit.
As we take a journey through Luke’s Gospel, I hope you begin to see how God in Christ is always including the outsider, and there is a fresh work of the Spirit for us. Sometimes, we are the outsider – God’s inclusion is meant to touch us. His fresh work of the Spirit is for us, our community, and world.
Blessing to you as you continue in this journey with Christ,