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Description: Expect Great Things From God
Expect Great Things from God
Sermon Transcript by Rev. Ernest O’Neill
You eat a piece of bread like this and if I were a medic I could describe how it comes into the
body. It is broken up and I learned a little when they took out the gallbladder that the gallbladder
does something with it. The acids get going and they break it up and then really it seems to us a
miracle. It is turned then into all the things we need, our blood, and our tissue, and then
eventually our muscles. That’s what enables the brain to think.
So this piece of bread is the heart and the dynamo of my physical life and yours. But this piece of
bread is Christ and, of course, you can see all the foolishness of the arguments back and forth that
there have been in the religions over that statement. They all talk about, “Does this really become
the body of Christ when the priest rings the bell, or is it always the body of Christ, or is it just
attributes of bread with the real body of Christ?” Of course the truth is plain, that all things
were made by him and through him, and without him does not anything exist or made that was made, and
all things hold together in him. So of course, this itself, even just as bread, comes from Christ
It’s Christ that is that bread and it’s Christ that is in the bread as it comes into our bodies.
You and I have life only because Christ himself has come into us, and is in us, and that’s why he
put it so plainly. “I in you, and you in me.” [John 14:20] Then, ‘Look as if I’m the vine and
you’re the branches, and with the vine you can’t tell were the branch ends, and where the vine
begins. It’s the same — you can’t tell where you end and where I begin. I am in you.’
That’s the situation that Christ himself is in each of us. I saw again plainly, how warm he is and
how loving he is to us that we use these – this terminology so lightly, “Oh God loves you.” But I
saw again Christ loves you, personally, and he loves me personally. He has a love for us that –
all of us here, each one of us individually, he has a love for us at this moment, and he is always
working, always working to ease things for us. He is always shielding us, and inside us he is
always working to enable us to do the things that we do, and that he’s a very warm and friendly
person, you know.
He’s our dearest friend. He is your dearest friend and my dearest friend, and it is him inside us
that enables us to even live. So I saw again that he certainly is not the one that’s standing up
here saying, “You did that, and you did that.” He is the dear Savior who is inside us, who is
always hugging us to himself, and trying to get over to us his own affection for us and that that is
the heart of our whole lives.
It came home to me again – of course, I think you can have your examples but my job is to see
plainly my own example. It came home to me again, in my tendency certainly, so anxious that you’ll
do well. It’s the old story, “I want you to be happy and I want you to do well.” But it’s so
anxious that of course I can be quit snappy with my words either to Trish, or to Joe, or Martha, or
somebody. And I saw how – and even we can be with each other. We’re trying to help Trish to sell
better, or try to help Greg to do something better, or me to – and we can spend so much of our time
telling each other, I can anyway, so much of my time telling you what to do, and outlining it in
detail and technically – you know all my teacher methods of making the thing plain, and it came home
to me again, Christ is so different. Christ just keeps bearing the thing, and bearing it, and
bearing it, and bearing it, and loving us, and lifting us up, and making the thing possible.
He is the one that whenever you do get a sale, it is him that has done it; it wasn’t the brilliant
way you made the presentation. Please I’m not fighting what we’ve been working at the past number
of months, but it’s him that enables us to do it and I see – I saw how clearly it isn’t all the
explanations, it isn’t all the constant talking. We should go on with the rehearsals, and we should
work and make it as good as we can for his sake, but you do it for his sake. You don’t do it to get
the sale, because your best presentation won’t get a sale. It’s him that gets the sale. It’s him
that works in the persons mind and persuades them for some unknown reason to say that they could buy
this stuff from you and sell it to somebody else and how they ever conclude that, who knows? But he
is the one that makes that possible. It’s him that does it all, and it’s his strength. Therefore,
I am sorry, therefore I saw again how I should really be loving and gentle, and kind, and not hard,
and not critical and you will have your – whatever your application of that to you is, that it is
all Christ that enables us to do everything, it is him that enables us to do everything.
It is him in us that enables us even to live, and so everything is due to him. What I thought of
was this prayer I printed out the fancy version of it. Somebody has put it on St. Patrick’s based
prayer if you Google it. You’ll, of course, find it yourselves, but then I printed out the
individual ones, and I think there are enough there. But that’s why Patrick had this attitude —
this was life for him day-by-day, “Christ with me. Christ before me. Christ behind me. Christ in
me. Christ beneath me. Christ above me. Christ on my right. Christ on my left. Christ when I
lay down. Christ when I sit down. Christ when I arise. Christ in the heart of every man who
thinks of me. Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me. Christ in every eye that sees me.
Christ in every ear that hears me.” That is reality. That is what it is.
It’s Christ, Christ in us and Christ around us, and Christ enabling everything to be done that we
do. I thought too, sometimes we say quietly to ourselves, “Yes, yes, yes, now I must remember
that. Yes, now he’s here. Now what would Christ do? That’s what I’ve got to ask,” and somebody,
you remember has in America they have little badges, “What would Jesus do?” We can get into that,
and he sits inside and says, “I’m here. I’m here. What are you talking about? Why are you talking
about me as if I’m a third person? Why are you talking about me as if I’m somebody that lived years
ago, and what would I have done then? I’m here; I’m in you to do the thing now.” And it seems to
me there’s an immediacy that St. Patrick was driven into. That is reality, and that is God’s will
Then, you know, there’ll be a tendency for you to say from the sublime to the ridiculous, but it
seems to me, no it’s all Christ — it’s all Christ. This isn’t a commercial for pastors little
three extra columns. I added three at the end so that Joe would put in the accesses to the website.
It is so that we’d see if they had increased. And then the catalog request so that Peggy could fill
that in, and then the sales that would eventually result so that in fact, I have an email coming to
you suggesting also that we number our emails so that we find the emails that work best.
But what I want you to see is this is Christ. This is not something that you do – and by the way
I’m not doing this to get you to work on it, I’m assuming that you’re working on it, as I can see
you are. But this is not work — it’s not Christ, and then there’s work. It’s not like that. Its
work is Christ, this is something that Christ is doing through each of you, and this is something
that he will do and something that he will bless as he pleases.
So there’s no difference between Christ and work, they are one in the same, except that all of work
is Christ working in you and working through other people. And I thought that was good, what
Patrick says, “Christ when I sit down. Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me. Christ
in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me.” That sales, that buyer that speaks to you rather
unkindly, Christ is in that mouth and he is speaking that to you as something that he wants you to
respond to as he responds to it. It’s a blessing. It’s a blessed little trial that he is sending
to you, not for the sake of the trial itself, but to give you the opportunity to respond in his
joyful heart, so that everything is Christ. So that everything we do is him, and then your life
becomes a love of affair. It becomes a love affair with Jesus.
That the world takes its own rightful place in an inferior position. It’s you and your dear Lord
living together and that’s the reality. That’s the reality. You don’t need to sit there and
think, “How can I make it real?” It is real; it is real, just live that way. Live that way. Stop
living this unreal life as if you are just a little human being. Stop living that unreal life, and
begin living as you really are. You are part of him, and he is part of you, and you are inside him,
and he is inside you, and he loves you, and he’s working all the time to bring you into complete
peace and rest in himself. The business is part of that, and it isn’t to be seen as something
separate, or as something alien. It is if it’s not what he has made it, it is alien, but if it is
what he has made it, it’s a glorious experience that just Patrick here as outlined. Don’t forget
this dear guy and some of the things that he wrote gave you a feeling of some of the things that he
faced in those days.
He says just before that, “I summoned today all these powers between me and those evils, against
every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul, against incantations of false
prophets, against black laws of Pagandom, against false laws of heretics, against craft of idolatry,
against spells of witches, and smiths, and wizards, against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body
and soul. Christ to shield me today against poison, against burning, against drowning, against
winding, so that there may come to me abundance of reward. Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ
behind me.” So it was in those days, those terrible cruel days that he lived in absolute peace,
because the same person was in him that is in us.
Let us pray.
Now the grace of our Lord Jesus, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us
and lead us into truth. Amen.