Obedience of the Heart
'God's gift is real life'
At the bottom of the heart of every human being, from earliest infancy until the tomb, there is something that goes on indomitably expecting, in the teeth of all experience of crimes committed, suffered, and witnessed, that good and not evil will be done to him. It is this above all that is sacred in every human being.
By Simone Weil
What do we mean by obedience to the heart?
Do we mean telling our heart (organ) what to do, how to work? Keep beating, beat regularly?
Choose who/what we serve
- give time and loyalty
- identify with
- guides our decision making
- giving and generous living
e.g. vocation; community groups; family; interests
e.g. Facebook; LinkedIn; Pinterest; News feeds
What we give time to and loyalty to? Who/what we identify with?
What guides our decision-making? What are our reasons for the choices we make? Daily choice of dying to self and living to God.
From dying to self and living to God in Jesus
- a daily choice and renewal
- needs the power of the Spirit
- welcoming and receiving others in Jesus' name
- God has offered hospitality to us made us part of the new community of love and justice. as a gift of grace
How do we extend this offer and knowledge to others? grace; respect; dignity; prayer
Who can we offer a 'cup of cold water' to as the hospitality of God grace respect dignity
Who do we receive hospitality from?
How to we receive it?
We are called to offer compassion and welcome
Do we close ourselves off from those who are: different; homeless; marginalised; poor?
How do others see God's hospitality, generosity and compassion in us?
We are blessed to be a blessing - to others and the world; called to share our thanksgiving.
Called to demonstrate the 'abundant' life - that is recklessly gracious, generous and compassionate
-> peace, joy, just and loving