August 17, 2015

A Beautiful Mess—this is an apt description of all of us. On one hand, we are beautifully created in God’s image. On the other hand, we have messed up God’s plan for us all.

Over the next weeks, we are going to see what the Bible says about our Beautiful Mess. Is it possible to put things back together again? Must we remain messy for the rest of our lives? God’s Word answers these and other questions with a resounding “Yes, we can be the people God’s intends for us to be,” and “No, we don’t have to live messed up lives.”

Our Daily Bible Readings cover—
Messy Lives—August 17-30, written by Rob Peterman
An Unmarried Mess—August 31-September 6, written by Missy Iley
Messy Marriage—September 7-20, written by Missy Iley
Messy Family—September 21-October 4, written by Julie Hammer
Messy Church—October 5-18, written by Mikel Porter
Messy Money—October 19-25, written by Stephen G. Hatfield

Remember, we are in the Mess together—A Mess that God is
making Beautiful.

Your Pastor

Stephen G. Hatfield, Ph.D.

Messy Lives

John 16:33, 2 Corinthians 12:9
Do you want to know a secret? Life is messy and complicated. Ok, maybe it’s not such a big secret; however, let’s just put that on the table right now. You are not alone in this either. It is that way for everyone. Most of the time, we have the ability to keep the messy parts of our lives tucked away, hidden below the surface. We take extra care to “dress it up” around others and manage to keep it together just long enough so as to not catch the judgmental eye. Every once in a while, however, the messy side of our life gets exposed and laid bare for everyone to see. We snap at our kids in public, hurt the feelings of a friend, get in an argument with our spouse, or disrespect a coworker. In one moment, with the tiniest bit of conflict, life comes unraveled.

It is in this unraveling that we have a great opportunity! We have the opportunity to listen and hear the voice of Jesus. “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 ESV). In the middle of our mess, Christ stands resolute, Lord over it all. Every time we are tempted to gather the mess that has unraveled and quickly hide it from the public eye, there is a greater opportunity to point toward the love and grace of Jesus. It is an opportunity to declare, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV). In this contentment, we find freedom, not in our own ability to correct things, but trusting in the power of Christ.

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

(Matt Maher, Lord I Need You)