We are here to leave our loads, safe in fellowship, in love, centred around the huge love God shows us through His son. So, let’s try to leave our loads in the left luggage office, so we can enjoy the blessings God gives us, Rob Clements exhorted us last Sunday.

In Psalm 53:2 we find God looking down to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. The message is clear. We, like David, should seek God, even in dark times. Ps 69 v32,33: “the poor will see and be glad, you who seek God, may your hearts live! The Lord hears the needy and does not despise His captive people”

And we are needy. Needy of the forgiveness and love that Jesus brings us, his captive people. We can feel captive, hands tied, in a kind of prison. That’s why Jesus says “seek first His righteousness”. That’s what makes us tick. We should focus on what Jesus tells and shows us.

We know how good it feels when we feel in tune with God. But it doesn’t last. We are patchy in our lives. Paul was the same, human like us, and equally frustrated. Just as it is going well, it goes wrong. He too was subject to the struggle (Rom 7:15), feeling the inner delight (v22) but feeling another law at work, making us prisoners!

He knew the answer, as he praised: “thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord,” (Rom 7:25). For the truly tremendous thing is that Jesus lifts us up, further than before, even when we fall.

Who rescues us? “In all these things we are more than conquerors, through him who loved us, because we know that in all things God works for the good of those that love Him, who has been called for His purpose.” Rom 8:31 – “If God is for us, who can be against us. He who did not spare His own son, but gave him up for us all.”

So, our response is to be for God in return. God has called us, so we respond by calling others, helping each other, so we really feel there is nothing separating us from the love of God, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul has 3 suggestions to help:

  • Rom 1:20 – God’s eternal power has been clearly shown, in His creation all around us. There is no excuse. So take time to see that and realise, His eternal power is demonstrated all around us.
  • Rom 12:10,13 – Be devoted to one another, in brotherly love. Share and practise hospitality, as a group and as a team, working, celebrating and commiserating together.
  • Rom 12:12 Be faithful in prayer, together and individually, in public and in private. Pray for one another.

It all means we need to let go of our individual blockages and sins – let them go from our clenched hands – to open those fists and give and receive as God intends.