a glimpse towards Sunday 10.02.15

I was thinking this morning about a phrase widely used throughout the crazy decade of the colorful 70’s. It went something like this: “What you see is what you get.” I believe it was an overused phrase used by an overdressed Flip Wilson back in the heyday of variety shows. Do you remember Carol Burnett, Sonny & Cher, Donny & Marie, and Glen Campbell? If so, you are old enough to remember Flip Wilson’s character, Geraldine, doing a very high pitched, “What you see is what you get… honey!”

Man. Where did THAT come from? How on earth was this taking up limited cranial space inside my head? Actually, the phrase was around long before Flip Wilson. It began as a computer acronym: WYSIWYG. It referred to the accuracy of what was seen on a computer screen compared to what was printed.

What you see is what you get.

It’s a phrase that might come in handy as we dive into our Genesis text this Sunday. We’ll be trekking through Genesis 7:6-24. You should give it a quick read before we gather. Some will only see judgment. We need to see grace. How do we do this?

What you see is what you get.

Many see and get only a harsh God of judgment. Such folks typically reject a God of only judgment. Others see and get a necessarily complete God of both justice and grace. They’re the ones who find a vital relationship with a living God.

What you see is what you get.

How will you come into our Sunday gatherings this weekend? If you invited a friend to come along, how will they be coming into our time of worship, study, and community? Are your eyes already set? Are you friends? What you see is what you’ll get.

I’m praying God will open all our eyes to see Jesus. The great news of Jesus is inclusive of justice and judgment, but it always points us to grace. This Sunday, at 9 & 11 a.m. — come looking. Come with eyes wide open. This ain’t no tired variety show we’re coming to. This is the real deal, Lucille.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” (Ephesians 1:18)

What you see is what you get.

Blessings Ya’ll,


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