fbpx
South Fellowship Church

About Rich Obrecht

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Rich Obrecht has created 0 blog entries.

Walking into Promise | Joshua 1:1-4

After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ Joshua 1:1-4 (NLT)

Did this passage sound familiar to you? Have you ever been in a position where someone who was mentoring you was suddenly ‘out of the picture’ and not likely to return? This has happened to me several times over my career. I’ve had someone who’s primarily responsible for a given technology work with me for a period of time, and suddenly, for one reason or another, they’re no longer available. However, any story I could relate from personal experience pales in comparison to the task laid before Joshua.

Leading the people of Israel into the land promised for centuries was no small task. God promised Joshua he’d fulfill his promise made to Moses through Joshua. His footfall would determine the land of Israel.

Submission to Jesus in this life is much the same as Joshua’s submission, or surrender, to God. Surrender to God is paramount as we essentially do what Joshua was tasked to do: usher people into a new Kingdom. While Joshua’s task involved a huge group of people and occupying physical land, ours is to share God’s Kingdom with those around us. While this may seem an easy task, to some of us it can be difficult. Our culture has led us to believe sharing our Kingdom faith violates the rights of those who might hear it. But things are rarely this way. While there certainly are those who might be offended by words of God’s Kingdom, many more are willing to listen.

Again, surrendering ourselves to God brings a new life where we, like Joshua, participate in leading people to a new life in God’s Kingdom. Certainly, the drawing of people to the Kingdom is God’s task (John 12:32), but we’re able to provide the physical presence as the hands and feet of God in this life.
I love the ocean, especially the Pacific. It’s not the warmest seawater on the planet, so I found through trial and error the best way to begin to enjoy it is to just go ahead and jump in. This example fits here as well. I encourage you, when you pray, to ask God to bring you a soul to share with and the words to share. Their hearts will be prepared, as will you, and, like Joshua, you’ll be God’s instrument for his Kingdom!

By Rich Obrecht

South Fellowship Daily Subscribe Form

  • Subscribe to be notified when we publish
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Share This Devotional

Walking into Promise | Joshua 1:1-42020-10-29T11:03:24-06:00

Lament the Pain | John 11

Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,  and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.  So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house.  Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,  and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” 

When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”  And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him.  Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.  When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.  Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.  And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”  Jesus wept.  So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”  But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?” 

Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.”  Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”  So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”  The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” John 11:17-45

Since humanity’s fall in Genesis 3, humankind has experienced the pain of loss. Surely Adam and Eve, mere seconds after their choice to eat the fruit, felt pain of separation no other humans have ever felt. Loved ones, possessions, identity, and many other things fill the list for loss. The pain of loss hurts. Some say keeping busy allays the pain and grief, but I don’t agree. Failure to grapple with grief causes other avenues of expression, much the same as squeezing a balloon causes bulges in different places. I’ve personally found resting in the grief ultimately brings joy.

Within this passage is the death of Lazarus. Grief’s focal points are Mary, Martha, and Jesus. We learn of the pain of Lazarus’ loss through the conversations taking place. Jesus weeps. Other translations describe this reaction driven by frustration or anger, but I can’t imagine Christ shedding tears due to frustration or anger. Brennan Manning, in his book Lion and Lamb, says “We are never more like Jesus than when we are choked with compassion for others.” His compassion, in grief and tears, is profoundly genuine.

Jesus’ weeping was founded in his love for Mary and Martha. He knew their pain because of his depth of love for them. They spoke of the resurrection, but their words didn’t seem heartfelt. While Lazarus was destined to be in his tomb only for a short time, there would be a final resurrection for Lazarus, and all other true believers. Despite this hope, in the depths of their pain, they could only recite the words with little attachment to their heart.

Grief is a gift from God, helping us handle the loss initiated by the fall. It gives us the ability to get through the pain caused by loss of parts of life held dear. When it comes, don’t push it aside! Slow down and step through it slowly, letting the sadness and tears wash over you, placing healing salve on your loss. As believers with hope, and as Jesus, Mary, and Martha knew, the resurrection would be reunion, causing a different sort of mourning (1 Thessalonians 4:13). If you find you don’t have this hope, talk with someone whom you know does, and ask them to share the reason for their hope (1 Peter 3:15). The hope we have in Christ and his resurrection brings joy in the midst of grief!

By Rich Obrecht

South Fellowship Daily Subscribe Form

  • Subscribe to be notified when we publish
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Share This Devotional

Lament the Pain | John 112020-10-22T17:30:31-06:00

Spiritual Birth | John 3:5-8

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:5-8

Dad had many sayings. One I heard almost too frequently when going to work with him was ’90-day wonder.’ I don’t think this is unique to the Navy. The phrase referred to someone who attended a civilian university or college then entered the Navy’s OCS (Officer Candidate School) program. By no stretch of the imagination was this an endearing or positive name. Quite the opposite. It referred to someone who didn’t have the experience to back up what they commanded others to do. They had the ‘head knowledge’ on what needed to be done but didn’t understand any of its purpose or implications. My dad’s line of work wasn’t as dangerous as combat, but his job did involve missiles, bombs, and ammunition, all of which have great potential for harm. Having the experience was so important.

In many ways, our spiritual life emulates our experiential life on earth. In life, experience can take center stage in many things. In our spiritual life, the heart holds that place, so much so that the things we say come directly from it, good and bad (Luke 6:45). Diving into the Bible, studying it, making it a priority moves the things we read and learn from our head to our heart. But sometimes, that journey from the head to heart doesn’t always take place.

If, in searching your heart and soul, you realize your heart isn’t where you thought it was, even after years of what you believed was a relationship with Christ, Jesus is still right there waiting for your surrender! If this is where you are, set thoughts of pride aside and surrender! Or, if you find your relationship with Jesus is solid, but haven’t publicly demonstrated it in baptism, seek to be baptized! While not having saving ties to your relationship with Christ, it will demonstrate to others your soul’s journey with Christ. Should you be blessed to have a solid relationship with Christ, and have demonstrated it in baptism, pray for those around you who may not have the same ‘experiences’ as you, and be willing to share (1 Peter 3:15)!

By Rich Obrecht

Spiritual Birth | John 3:5-82020-10-08T13:56:17-06:00

Turning the Tables | John 2:13-17

The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”  His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:13-17

In June 1942, it seemed to many the United States was backpedaling, suffering repeated defeat to the Japanese armed forces. It didn’t look good for the foreseeable future! But unknown to all but a few, code breakers in Pearl Harbor had ‘hacked’ the Japanese military communications code. Using this information, the US Navy figured out where the next attack would occur and determined a strategic plan for an astounding naval defeat of the Japanese Navy. This turned the table for the Pacific conflict. Yes, the war continued until September 1945 with many battles and loss of life for both sides. Nevertheless, this particular battle, Midway, turned the tables of this aspect of World War II and the United States was on the offensive for the remainder of the Pacific war.

The same could be said for what Jesus was doing to the Jewish tradition. Jesus’ teachings kept moving the focus of God-worship from where the people were to where God meant it to be. All of the Jewish practices and sacrifices were being shifted and moved to be Jesus centric. The temple was being moved from an iconic structure in Jerusalem to the human heart. The focus of practices was being moved from a legal to a love aspect. Their earth’s axis was shifting! If ever a ‘turning of the tables’ was experienced, they were neck deep in it! Their checklist to God was shredded.

The Jewish traditional practices when Jesus arrived on the scene were very old. As time progressed, layers upon layers of practices were added to the originals outlined by God through Moses. As time moved on, they became rote, highly repeated, what some of us might call a rut. I once heard a preacher say ruts were graves with the ends knocked out. How descriptive that was for me, and I’ve never forgotten it. If you find your prayer, praise, and posture towards God becoming rut-like, perhaps changing things up would help. Consider your praise and worship patterns, whether prayer, singing, journaling, reading the Bible, or one of many other things, and doing them differently for a time. A week, or perhaps a month would do. Turn the tables for yourself to reinvigorate your time with Jesus.

By Rich Obrecht

Turning the Tables | John 2:13-172020-10-01T10:00:58-06:00

New Wine | John 2:9-11

When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom  and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. John 2:9-11

I finally have a hobby! I’d always said my hobby was reading. Then, one year, I followed the lead of someone in my family who made wine from kits, and I was hooked. I found my hobby! Four years later, it’s grown to me being a member in a club (Thanks, Ken!) as well as attempting to make wine on my own. It’s been a wonderful experience and has really filled my heart with wonder at the metaphorical aspects of wine making as it relates to my faith.

While today’s winemaking involves many aspects of chemistry I wasn’t aware of, when this miracle happened, things were different. I’d always been told (and believed) the wine mentioned in the Bible was only juice, like juice purchased off the grocery shelf. Since I began making wine, I’ve found that’s just not true. Grapes have natural yeasts on their skin, almost begging to get to sugar in the fruit. Once the skin is broken, it begins fermenting the sugars into alcohol and CO2. In Jesus’ time, they didn’t have a way to preserve the wine, so wine eventually turned to vinegar. Unlike today, where older wine takes precedence, they believed the newer the wine, the better. Like me, they didn’t like drinking vinegar.

Our journey to Jesus and his presence begins with renewal. This doesn’t mean we get a new body right off, but rather a new relationship with our Savior. This new relationship could be full of abundance. This is a descriptive word that has been hijacked by some circles to mean a life on earth that is abundant in wealth and prosperity. Nothing could be further from the truth! Our relationship with Jesus is abundant as in the gifts of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and faithfulness (Galatians 5:22). Wealth and prosperity may come our way, but not as our primary goal in faith.

As you listen to the song “New Wine,” contemplate what an abundant life means to you. What would it be if surrender was your desire? As the song brings out the process of winemaking (crushing and pressing), perhaps new perspective will flood you, maybe as a metaphor for our life in Christ. In considering this, and the freedoms illuminated in the gospels and song regarding your surrender, perhaps you’ll begin to see a different view on abundant life.

By Rich Obrecht

New Wine | John 2:9-112020-09-24T09:04:28-06:00

First Incarnation | John 1:14, 18

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth… No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. John 1:14-18

On my trip to Kenya, Africa, this past February to work with Tyler and Amy Maxwell’s ministry, I was able to talk with many of the nationals working with them reaching the street children of Nairobi. One man in particular, during a jaunt from one part of Nairobi to another, shared his journey to Jesus. Essentially, having been an active Muslim, upon reading the Bible, he was amazed that God was his Father, he could call him thus, and that God was incarnated into his creation! This concept led him to step over the threshold of faith and become a Kingdom dweller!

While coming to the understanding God was available without encumbrances to even him, this man’s experience was finalized by the fact that Jesus was incarnated among his creation, ultimately to die an undeserved death of redemption for that same creation. Anyone who would do this, go to this length to understand human experiences firsthand, and then purposely lay himself on the cross to die an agonizing death, gripped him at the root of his heart and drew him to the Kingdom.

This view, or perspective, was new and refreshing to me. I’ve been steeped in Western Protestant tradition all my life and this understanding of Jesus and God was different. Hearing this man’s view caused me to step back and see Jesus and God in a new light. Perspective is very important. Interactions with differing cultures and how they see and perceive God and Jesus help my vision of them to grow in breadth and depth.

Being completely transparent and honest with yourself, take some time and compare your perspective between God and Jesus. Reflect on these differences between God and Jesus, and why you believe they might have these differences.

By Rich Obrecht

First Incarnation | John 1:14, 182020-09-22T14:00:44-06:00

Farewell | John 21:15-19

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” John 21:15-19

I’m reading a book entitled Love and War, by Jim and Sybil Stockdale which shares the story from both their perspectives of his 8 years in a North Vietnamese prison as a POW. Several days before his shoot-down and capture, Sybil and Jim spent a week or so together in Japan on vacation. They said their farewells, and Sybil flew back to the States as Jim returned to his carrier, the USS Oriskany. Shortly, he would be roughly escorted, injured, as a POW to prison for the next 8 years, rarely hearing from his wife because his captors didn’t pass her letters on. They had no idea as they parted they’d be separated for such a long time. But they parted well with no regrets.

Jesus, in our passage, made an effort to be with Peter, the impetuous disciple, and perhaps finalize Peter’s preparation for what would come after Jesus ascended. I’m confident Jesus’ deliberate interaction with Peter ultimately fortified Peter to handle his ministry after Jesus’ miraculous departure. Their farewell led to Kingdom impact that helped changed the world!

Saying farewell to people, especially those we love, isn’t enjoyable. By definition, it’s about separation, being apart, either for the first time, or once again. And, just like the Stockdale’s and Jesus with Peter, there’s no way to know when meeting again will happen. One thing I learned from my dad, someone who we said farewell to frequently growing up, was to let people know how we felt about them when separated. Rarely did a phone call, conversation, or visit end without an ‘I love you.’ Personally, I’m trying to emulate that with all my family and friends as we depart from each other.

South is bidding farewell to Larry as he and his family transition to a new ministry. This is another example of a time where we make the effort to say our farewells ‘well.’ While we don’t know how long it will be until we see Larry and his family, our farewells should reflect our true feelings as well as a heartfelt hope for their future in California and their new ministry. If you’ve a relationship with Larry, make an effort to say farewell to him, and his family, as they move into the next chapter of God’s story for them.

By Rich Obrecht

Farewell | John 21:15-192020-09-11T12:03:21-06:00

Where Are We Looking Up for Help? | Psalm 123:1-4

To you I lift up my eyes, 

O you who are enthroned in the heavens! 

Behold, as the eyes of servants 

look to the hand of their master, 

as the eyes of a maidservant 

to the hand of her mistress, 

so our eyes look to the Lord our God, 

till he has mercy upon us. 

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, 

for we have had more than enough of contempt. 

Our soul has had more than enough 

of the scorn of those who are at ease, 

of the contempt of the proud. Psalm 123:1-4

I looked up to my dad in many ways. He was an excellent example in areas like service, humility, work ethic and (yes), mechanical ability. I really looked up to him for practical things in life. But, even with the immense capability dad had, there’s one area where even he couldn’t address: spiritual. Dad was a very spiritual man, but here there’s only one to look to: Jesus.

Our world is full of activities, possessions, and people that crowd and cloud our Christ-visibility. I know every day brings renewed opportunities to look away from Christ and onto my own abilities. I catch myself saying, “What am I going to do about this?” This is what’s referred to as ‘starting off on the wrong foot.’ I should literally or figuratively lift my eyes to Jesus and ask his guidance and mercy. It seems had I done this many times in my past, so much pain and anguish could have been avoided.

This is easy to say, but it can be hard to do. I had a great friend ask me the question, “What does it mean to give something to the Lord? Do I quit worrying about it?” Wow. While that question seems easy to answer, it really isn’t. There’s still an element of responsibility to work through whatever it might be. The Lord can provide an answer, but in the midst, we’ll certainly be learning life lessons.

I’m not unique, this can’t have happened only to me. There are going to be times where we forget to look to Jesus, but the loving kindness of the Lord is always present and it’s never too late. Remember, like many things in life, the longer the waiting, the steeper and more difficult the journey.

Perhaps as a reminder of where our gaze should be directed, using the Lectio Divina practice similar to yesterday, read Psalm 123:1-4 again, several times. As you read, remember aspects and portions of the passage that speak to you. After reading the passages several times, quietly contemplate it, perhaps considering times where your gaze was at your own hands rather than the face of Jesus. Try to seat this process in your heart so your first intuition is gazing at Jesus and not yourself. When the ‘self-healing’ thoughts come along once again, reflect on this heart-tied activity and gaze on your Savior! His mercy is everlasting (Psalm 105:5, KJV)!

By Rich Obrecht

Where Are We Looking Up for Help? | Psalm 123:1-42020-09-03T11:03:57-06:00

Withdrawing Fearfully or Witnessing Fearlessly | 1 Peter 3:15-16

but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 1 Peter 3:15-16

I’ve heard this passage quoted as justification for using the Bible to verbally bludgeon someone into Christ’s Kingdom. Somehow, I don’t think this is what Peter’s referring to. The quoted portion is always, “always be prepared to make a defense,” and not the ‘how:’ with gentleness and respect. This seems to be another example of scripture being misused. The most important word here seems to be ‘hope,’ which is hard to demonstrate when sharing the Gospel without gentleness and respect.

On the other hand, we’re not to refrain or withdraw from sharing out of fear, either. This passage calls us to be ready to share anytime to anyone. Examples in situations where fear might have dominated, but didn’t, are Peter and John standing before the Sanhedrin (Acts 4) and Stephen sharing his message from the Spirit with the religious leadership in God-filled wisdom (Acts 6:8-7:60). While Peter and John declared their allegiance to Jesus by sharing their message rather than not, Stephen drew parallels between the priests’ denial of Jesus to the Exodus Hebrews and he died because of it. These are two courageous examples for us in our tumultuous times about sharing the Gospel message with others despite any fear.

What does the earthly future hold for us? I sure don’t know. This Earth is on a trajectory matching what we’ve read about: that the beginnings of this journey will include violence and natural disasters (Matthew 24:7-8). It will also include the suffering of the saints, yielding a revelation of true Kingdom followers as a falling away and betrayal happens (Matthew 24:9-10).

Considering what we’re seeing and hearing these days around the world, it’s not hard to see where these passages are being fulfilled. Now is the time for Kingdom courage to prevail in our sharing! Perhaps as you pray, ask the Lord to reveal someone to share with (friend or stranger) and the courage to be bold for the Kingdom out of a heart of love and respect.

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” – C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

By Rich Obrecht

Withdrawing Fearfully or Witnessing Fearlessly | 1 Peter 3:15-162020-08-27T14:59:41-06:00

An Unexpected Equality | Acts 10:44-48; Ephesians 4:4-7; James 2:1-4

While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. Acts 10:44-48

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Ephesians 4:4-7

 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? James 2:1-4

In reading all the passages listed above, a common thread becomes readily apparent: we’re all equal in the body of Christ. We’re not even supposed to look at those we don’t know and place them into some sort of ‘box.’ The Acts passage reveals the surprise experienced by Jewish believers already resident in God’s Kingdom. This surprise helps us realize they felt The Way was theirs and theirs alone. Imagine the depth of that surprise. I’m so glad Peter ventured to Cornelius’s home, following God’s will despite not fully understanding the message he received!

This equality message has been heard repeatedly by believers worldwide for generations. We talk about it with each other and all know the message having not experienced the surprise described in Acts 10:45. And yet, this understanding of the Gospel hasn’t quite made it from our Kingdom life discussions to our lives here on Earth as Kingdom dwellers.

I’ve met with a snippet of this surprise in my own life during my first international missions’ trip in 2009. I heard, sadly, for the first time in my life, someone speaking to Jesus in a language other than English. It struck me right then and there that God’s Kingdom was more and bigger than I ever understood or imagined. At the time, I’d been a Jesus follower for a good while, and had heard this Kingdom equality message almost that long. A lot of weight seemed to fall away from me during that experience. The weight of unrecognized selfishness was gone: The Holy Spirit freed me of that burden! I can’t imagine what my Kingdom life would have resembled had I been freed of this sooner.

It’s hard not to think we’re ‘ok’ regarding Kingdom equality and that we’re in tune with it. I would challenge us all to really delve into our beliefs and understandings of this topic, and realistically evaluate where we’re at. I personally find my prayer time to be very revelatory around things in my life needing realigning or getting back on the rails. As you assume your own posture of prayer before our God, ask for divine revelation for areas of equality blindness. Listen quietly, hands and hearts open. If something’s revealed, repent and surrender. Perhaps opening your heart to God’s Kingdom sense of equality will spill over into the life you’re living now.

By Rich Obrecht

An Unexpected Equality | Acts 10:44-48; Ephesians 4:4-7; James 2:1-42020-08-20T14:33:07-06:00
Go to Top