Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-4, 13-17; John 3:1-17
Our LA Fitness boot camp kicked its own boot without the benefit of our teacher Aubree because she ate Chinese food the night before that did a jiujutsu on her tummy. Since we’ve all been to enough camps to know how boots break a sweat we decided to go for it on our own. It was cooperative effort with someone finding a music CD and someone else keeping track of the time for each exercise and every now and then someone saying, “Oh my goodness!” just like Aubree would if she had been there. We even did things we don’t like to do, though the second time round we gave the squat jumps a rest. That’s not a bad analogy for the life of faith when we do the things we know to do, even the things we don’t like, because we can hear the instructor in our head, or maybe our heart? It sounds like God talks to Abraham all the time but there are long stretches when believing the promise means being faithful without being told things. Even though the psalm says “he will not let your foot be moved” help that comes from the Lord is often the little bit of strength you need to put one foot in front of the other until the final “going out” is your forever home -”coming in”. Faith reckoned as righteousness is letting grace be the resting place of faith without having to work out all the details. And Nicodemus, remembering the conversation in the night, is born from above when he risks his reputatiton in the light of day to ask for the body of Jesus, who he'll soon find out is the Christ, the light of the world God loves.