Winnie-the-Pooh & The Great Commission - Pastor Lisa Roberson - August 14, 2018

Winnie-the-Pooh, beloved childhood friend or dispenser of wisdom?  You be the judge.  Many people poo-poo Pooh as just another piece of childhood.  The 100 Acre Wood is simply a place to travel through on your away to adulthood, and yet I wonder if there isn’t more to the story if we are open to really hearing the ramblings of a willy, nilly, silly old stuffed with fluff bear. 
Some of my favorite Pooh-isms are:  
Piglet: “How do you spell ‘love’?”  Pooh: “You don’t spell it…you feel it.”
“You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.”
“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”
          One of the best Pooh-isms is when he paraphrases Jesus and the Great Commission, “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”  Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”  Matthew 28:19a.  Pooh is echoing Jesus and the call to “go out”.  But going out is risky.  It is safer behind our walls, we know what to expect…we know who to expect.  Inside our walls we are not stretched or uncomfortable, we have adapted to our surroundings and are content.  Jesus, with the Great Commission is calling us out of the forest, to seek others, to share with them the Good News.  What does it look like to “Therefore go…”?  I can’t answer that for you, but I know how you can find out and it begins with prayer, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Asking the Holy One to show us our communication strengths and how best to use them for the Kingdom.  We begin with an open heart, to be receptive to those God would chose to put in our path.  We begin with the understanding Jesus came to seek and save the lost.  There is a meme floating around face book, it provides balance between ‘a reminder’ and ‘a conviction’, it reads, “you will never look into the eyes of someone Jesus doesn’t love.”
          This week I encourage you to begin coming out of your ‘forest’ and lean into the Great Commission.  Begin earnestly asking in prayer where do we go as a church body and where do I go as an individual to be outside the church walls and outside our/my comfort zones.  How can we, how can I, share the Good News.