Stew on This: Space Satellites & How to Connect with God Sermon Illustration!
In the early 2000s, I worked at Kennedy Space Center. I wasn’t in a technical area – that is way beyond me. I worked with people in human relations. My times there were enjoyable, making me more interested in and intrigued by the space industry.
Many of the rockets don’t carry human lives, but seek to position satellites in space. It’s been 59 years since the first American satellite went into orbit around Earth. Today there are hundreds of them circling the planet. Each is designed for a different purpose. Some are for communications, some navigation, and some are weather satellites. For these satellites to function properly and fulfill their purpose they must get in and remain in the proper orbit around Earth. If for some reason there is a malfunction and it doesn’t reach its intended orbit, it may exist in space, but is lost to its purpose and effectiveness.
While I was at the space center, they launched a telecommunications satellite intended for a geostationary orbit over Asia. Geostationary means it is moving in the same direction as the Earth’s rotation and its orbit (path) lies over the equator. From our vantage point, it appears to be a fixed point in the sky.
Something went wrong. The fourth stage of the booster rocket, designed to propel it into its final orbit, shut down. The satellite was stranded, circling the Earth but unable to fulfill its intended function.
We are created and designed to live and enjoy life only when we are in the proper spiritual “orbit.” Our lives need to be “circling” or centered on God and following the path He designed for us. We live life enjoyably and effectively only when we are connected with God. Sin has broken the connection and put us in the wrong orbit. We are lost to God’s intended purpose, which means we have also lost the inner sense of fulfillment and satisfaction that only comes from being who God made us be. We try to fill that void and “lostness” with pleasure, entertainment, and accomplishment. They are only shallow, temporary substitutes for the real, lasting thing.
When a satellite malfunctions and fails to reach its intended orbit, it cannot correct its failure. Rescuing the satellite requires a communication signal from Earth to try and reposition the satellite.
We are incapable of overcoming our “failure” to be on the path God designed for us. To get us connected back with God, Jesus had to come from Heaven to Earth to “save” us.
Jesus came to carry out God’s rescue operation of lost humanity, to deliver us from “lostness.” Jesus brings us back into the path of life God designed and intended for us. He restores us to a relationship with God. That was Jesus’ purpose. In His sinless life and His death on the cross, He was “saving” us.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,” (I Peter 3:18, ESV).
That’s the good news. There is a way to get back into connection with God. It doesn’t matter how far a person has gone out “into space” away from God, through Jesus Christ they can be “reconnected.” That was Jesus’ mission, to make it possible, and our mission is to communicate to people that it is possible and available.
Get More Ministry Materials & Blog Posts from Glenn:
If you’re a church leader, pastor, or the leader of a non-profit organization, are you looking for leadership training or team development help? Thanks to the backing of a generous foundation, LifeEquip is able to offer leadership and organizational training at highly reduced rates to meet the needs of smaller organizations. Some LifeEquip services include pastoral coaching, OLA, Everything DiSC, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, and Lead Like Jesus.
- Adjunct Professor of Theology and Leadership
- Certified as a Human Behavior Consultant
- Authorized Wiley Everything DiSC© Partner
- Organizational Leadership Assessment (OLA) Partner
- Certified Facilitator of Ken Blanchard’s Lead Like Jesus Encounter Groups
- Certified Facilitator of CPP Personality, Career, and Organizational Development Assessments
- International Speaker and Trainer
RECENT POSTS & RESOURCES
Connect, Lead, Equip: Want to Lead Social Change? This Trust Example Will Help - Having a life calling and passion is exciting, but it can be scary as well.
Connect, Lead, Equip: How to Handle Leadership Stress (The “Real Rest” Secret) - Sometimes we lose our calm in life’s chaos...
Connect, Lead, Equip: 5 Top Areas of Time Management in Life - Do you think about the landscape of your life? Do you ponder the main elements that need to be balanced?
Connect, Lead, Equip: Planning & Time Management Secrets for Community Leaders Pentathlon is an Olympic sport comprised of five events in which the winner has the best overall proficiency. The athlete must be proficient in pistol shooting, fencing, horseback riding, swimming, and running. [...]