As Jesus watched people take their seats around a table and offered corrective commentary, may he see us bearing witness to the gospel and doing his work joyfully and faithfully and not out of dreadful obligation. May Jesus help and sustain in his work of proclaiming the gospel, administering the sacraments, providing pastoral care, and reaching out to those of special need.
In Christ, you are liberated from “I can’t” with the promise that God will equip you and empower you for the work that is before you. In Christ, you are set free from “you shouldn’t” with the promise that grace not only abounds but it also expands like a mustard seed into a tree or yeast into a loaf of bread. Where grace is at work, the kingdom of God grows strong.
When we keep our eyes on Jesus we are in a much better position to see three things. First, we can better see what God is doing in our midst. Second, we can see where justice and righteousness are lacking, and work to restore them. And finally, we can see that there is a point to all of this difficult faith business – a goal, if you will – and we are assured of reaching it if we persevere.
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Rich but Poor; Poor but Rich Luke 12:13-21
Proverbs 3:5 commends these words to the people of God, “Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” but can God really be trusted?
True religion is not just about holy days and a holy place; it’s about every day and every place and every person.
The mark of true Christian community is not that we judge others to condemn them, and not even to rescue them – after all, salvation is Christ’s job, not ours. The mark and meaning of Christian community is that we are journeying together into abundant life.