getting out the WORD - the 18th sunday after pentecost PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
Beloved God, from you come all things that are good. Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to know those things that are right, and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.

Matthew 21:33-46

the DEVOTION...
The church has been around for a long time. Two thousand years, so far! And in all that time, there has never been one moment we got it right! Don't get me wrong. We do our best! We try our hardest! But in the end, when everything's done and said, we're never more than just people! Plain! Ordinary! Everyday! So if god is all that concerned with whether or not we "produce fruit," then all god will ever be doing is taking the kingdom from one and giving it to another... and taking the kingdom from that one and giving it to another... and taking the kingdom from that one and giving it to still another... on and on and on... over and over and over... again and again and again...

Bottom line, no one is fruitful! We might have our moments. But one time or another, we're going to fall short. And and miss the mark. After all, we're just people! No worse, no better than billions of others. Fortunately, god's not as harsh as Matthew would like us believe. Gentle! Kind! Not insisting on god's own way! Truth is, once god gives, god never takes away! God is here! With us! For us! When we fall, god picks us up! When we tire, god carries us. When we wander off, god finds us. So when we don't "produce the fruits" and someone better comes along - but that's the funny part - no one ever does!

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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