getting out the WORD - the 4th sunday after pentecost PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
O God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
[Jesus said to the twelve:] "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me."

Matthew 10:40-42

the DEVOTION...
We christians are so good at being humble. Falling on our knees. Bowing our heads. Folding our hands. Modest. Unassuming. Deferential. What we somehow miss, though, is the truly great thing about faith. I'd been told, Luther called it "being LITTLE Christs to our neighbor." I recently found he never said that. He said, instead, "I will therefore give myself as Christ!" Not LITTLE, but Christ full-fledged, full-blown, full-sized!

So much of our time - here in the church - is spent wallowing in self-pity! So much so that we never move on to the real reason for Jesus! Not to save us from fire and brimstone; but save us from ourselves! So that we can, at last, do what god has wanted us to do, all along... give ourselves to others just like Jesus! Turning the other! Going the extra! Doing unto! Carrying our cross! Just imagine! Being created to be Jesus for this time, for this place! It's an amazing call! But then, if that's why we're here, it's no wonder we try so hard to be something we're not...

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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