Never Take Your Eyes Off Christ

Sermon Text:  Ephesians 1:3-14

One of the controversial issues over the past several years has been whether airline pilots should carry weapons on planes.  It reminded me of a story about a pilot who was seated in the cockpit of a passenger jet.  Much to the surprise of his navigator, the pilot pulled out a .38 revolver.  He placed it on top of the instrument panel, and then asked the navigator, “Do you know what I use this for?”

            The navigator replied timidly, “No, what’s it for?”

            The pilot said gruffly, “I use this on navigators who get me lost!”

            At this, the navigator proceeded to pull out a .45 revolver of his own.

            The surprised pilot asked, “What’s that for?”

            “To be honest sir,” the navigator replied, “I’ll know we’re lost before you will.”

            It’s the beginning of May … how has the year been going for you thus far?  Last year this time, my family was right in the middle of two tragedies that were devastating for us.  And so the question today is how do we navigate the obstacles, the disappointments, the trials we all face at one time or another without getting lost?  I believe the answer is found in these beautiful words from Paul’s Letter to the church in Ephesus:

            “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will…” (Ephesians 1:3-5)

            “…in love. He destined us for adoption as his children…”  Folks, here is the key to navigating life and all its complexities without getting lost … It is to recognize what it means to be children of God.

            Having said that, though, let me speak one word of clarification.  In terms of having access to God’s love, all people are children of God.  We learned the song a long time ago in Sunday School: “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world; red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.”   And that is true.  All people … everywhere … are God’s children....Read full sermon here (PDF)