Stuck in the Middle

Have you ever been stuck in the middle?  You know what I mean, two opposing parties going at it and you are just in the middle.  It’s awkward.  Sometimes they’ll come to you to tell you to tell that person something and you’ll tell that person something and then the other person will come to you to tell the other person something and you just keep going back and forth.  It’s just hard to be in the middle sometimes, isn’t it?

I feel like that’s the way it is with Christians.  We are in the middle.  We are stuck between what God is telling us in the Sermon on the Mount.  He is telling us that we are a part of the kingdom of heaven now but we also know that we are stuck in the kingdom of this world as well right now.  There’s too kingdoms colliding, two different worlds that operate completely opposite of each other, and somehow we’re called to live in the middle of them.

This Sunday, we’ll talk more about that as Pastor Matt from Holy Cross in Lake Mary vistis us.  Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”  More than any of the other Beatitudes, in my opinion, this one stresses the difficulty of being in the middle.  A person who makes peace is in the middle.  What Jesus is getting at is the peace between God and people.  Peace amongst people is important too, don’t get me wrong, but Jesus’ message is that the ones who bring peace between people and God are the one’s that are blessed.

We bring peace when we share the Gospel with others.  Both in our words and in our service.  Our entire goal of being here in this world is to bring that Gospel message into the lives of others.  But it’s really hard!  Because we are in the middle.  Some people think we might go too far in adapting to the culture, some don’t think we’re going far enough.  That’s the whole tension of being in the world but not of the world.

The good news for us this coming Sunday is that we aren’t always going to be in the middle.  It’s hard to figure out our identity and how we fit into this world we’re presently in becuase of the conflicting views of the kingdom of heaven vs. kingdom of the world.  But the good news is that when we are peacemakers we can have confidence and full security in our identity as not just being in the kingdom of heaven, but actually being a child of God, as our Beatitude tells us.  So though it may be hard to fit in in this world and you feel like you are in the middle, one day all of that will be settled and you will be called a child of God!

 

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