Zephaniah 1: De-Creation – Part II
At that time I will explore Jerusalem with lamps . . .
Many times the early apostles shook the dust of an un-hearing town or people from their feet and their cloaks. When they offered peace and that peace did not return to them, they moved on but remained open to the possibility of change, knowing that the work of conversion in these unbelievers was God’s work and not theirs. If they were to play a part in a particular person’s transformation, they trusted the Holy Spirit to lead them to that spot in time and space, to that person into whose life they would enter . . . to be Christ at a moment of crisis or conversion. This is how the Trinity functions in us. This is the Mystery of Creation that works to transform the forces of de-creation into forces of restoration, healing and kingdom building.
God reveals the nature of God to each creature in a time known best only to God. I like to think of the image of God searching through the tiniest streets of Jerusalem, holding a lamp high in search of the unbelievers who hide in dark places. I also like to think of God’s modern apostles being the light that streams from this lantern. We do nothing on our own. We emanate from God . . . for God . . . in God . . . for the economy of salvation. We can be a part of that salvation as co-redeemers, or we can be de-creators. We have a choice to make. Are we those who lurk in dark places, hiding from the light of truth, feeling comfort in the darkness? Are we those who hunger for mercy and truth, feeling comfort only in the light?
On this Holy Monday, let us be Remnant for God.
Adapted from a Favorite written on Palm Sunday, March 16, 2008.