The Monday After: Chosen Garment {Andrew}

 You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, February 24, 2014: Seeing What God Wants Me to See

by Andrew Kelley

I’ve always been a new-testament-kind-of guy.

I’ve loved the resemblance of the disciples and me as I walk with my Savior.

As I grow older and learn more and dive deeper into the old testament, though, I love it all the more. I’ve grown to love the old testament for its parallels of the people of Israel and our present nation of people. Plus the old testament is jam packed with awesome real-life events of romance and seduction, justice and revenge. If any of us paid any attention in Sunday school, we’d realized that if these events were turned into films, they would be R-rated and likely number one in the box office for weeks!

Much of Steven Mosley’s Chosen Garment performance gave us a glimpse into the powerful stories of the Bible, and he did so with the beautiful integration of many different garments. During the whole presentation, garments of praise kept coming to mind. So I searched and found Isaiah 61:3:

“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.”

Steven portrayed to us the importance of the garments, symbolic threads linking the old testament to the new testament and beyond, showing us a glimpse of God’s bigger picture. These garments were as a covering from God. The men that wore them used them wisely as well as foolishly. We then see the way the people followed their leadership while wearing the garments. It’s amazing to me that God has hand picked all of the leaders to this very present day. It makes me wonder about their spiritual garments and the level of stewardship they’ve been given, and it makes me even more thankful that Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, wears ALL of the garments perfectly.

So while I may be more of a new testament kind of guy, I’m happy to follow the thread into the old testament because it makes it all the more clear about the supremacy of the One who perfectly wears the garment that covers us.

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home. 

The Monday After: Seeing What God Wants Me to See {Andrew}

You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, February 24, 2014: Seeing What God Wants Me to See — Listen.

by Andrew Kelley

I don’t member the exact day I came to Christ. It was more of a gradual day-by-day, month-by-month illuminating transformation. Like in Ephesians 1:18-19 the eyes of my heart were being opened to each area of my life, one area at a time.

I looked up this reference in the Message, and I really want us to take to heart what God is telling us.

“I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers. Oh, the utter extravagance of His work in us who trust Him – endless energy, boundless strength!”

Now pause.

You see, I was trying so hard in junior high and high school to fit in. I didn’t know Him who knew me from before time began so I didn’t know who He wanted me to be. I didn’t know who I really was because I lost my image in trying to become what others wanted me to be until half way through high school when I got serious about knowing God.

It was the illumination of a family that intrigued me. They were not fake. They were not traditional. They were like Jesus — bold and moved with Him because they knew Him. I wanted to know Him like they knew Him.

Near the end of Luke 24 we’re told that the Disciples eyes were opened when they broke bread. Even after walking with Him for almost seven miles and speaking with Him, they did not recognize Him.

They were so focused on the tragedy of His death that they could not tell who this man was. Are we so focused on our tragedy and problems that we don’t see Him walking right beside us? It’s only when we look to God and His promises that the eyes of our heart will be opened to what He has in store for us.

Now read again, Ephesians 1: 18-19:

“I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers. Oh, the utter extravagance of His work in us who trust Him – endless energy, boundless strength!”

In Luke 24:35, the disciples recognized Jesus when He broke the bread. In John 6:48-51 Jesus tells us He is the bread of Life, which makes our spiritual nutrition the Word of God.

Christ was “known to them in the breaking of bread.” We need this bread just like we need literal food to stay alive. Our eyes will be opened when we eat His word.

A long time ago, God challenged me to read His word and pray in public. I was afraid, but I did it. Every day for a little over a year I read the Bible at work in the cafeteria and where ever I was I took my Bible. The eye opening and illuminating awesomeness was that every time I read the Bible, I saw something new. Every time I read the Bible, my eyes were opened to a new truth, with both mini or large revelations.

This book we all have is truly Alive! The Holy Spirit illuminates Jesus, the living Word, us for all to see!

And so this is my prayer for us:

“I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers. Oh, the utter extravagance of His work in us who trust Him – endless energy, boundless strength!”

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home.