River City Church - Smyrna, GA

POTS Pt. 2 - Giving and Serving

June 30, 2019

Josh continues presenting the new prayers of the season (POTS) and challenges us to give and serve with generosity. Looking at Luke 9, we hear Jesus make some seemingly harsh statements to His disciples and to others who say they want to follow Him. Jesus sets His face towards Jerusalem and casts the vision of God that His followers didn't understand or expect. Likewise, we don't always understand, and we expect God to act in certain ways -- elevating other things over what Jesus is calling us to. Luke 9:51-62; 2 Kings 1:10; Luke 9:3-5. 

Josh shared the following quote from C.S. Lewis: " 'They say Aslan is on the move- perhaps has already landed.' And now a very curious thing happened. None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different. Perhaps it has sometimes happened to you in a dream that someone says something which you don't understand but in the dream it feels as if it has some enormous meaning- either a terrifying one which turns the whole dream into a nightmare or else a lovely meaning too lovely to put into words, which makes the dream so beautiful that you remember it all your life and are always wishing you could get into that dream again. It was like that now. At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.”