Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pentecost 18 (Proper 21)

Today's readings were Psalm 146, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, and Luke 16:19-31; the sermon text was Mark 10:43-45.

Christianity is filled with paradoxes, seeming opposites. To be great, be a servant? That's our basis. It's rooted in Ephesians 2:8-10 - God gives us faith, therefore we do His works. Thus, what a privilege it is to serve and to give! This is against our first nature, for our tendency when given a basin is to use it as Pilate did, not as Christ did.

James 2:14ff says that faith's nature is to be expressed. Prove faith by deeds. Will our gravestones say "She loved to serve the Lord"? In Philippians 2:19-21 we are given an example to follow - Timothy looked out not for his own interests, but Christ's. Can we say the same? Weave the response to Christ into life - we serve because we love, and we love because He loved first. Service leads to joy, not a burden. The fruits we produce are word, labor, and endurance.

What can you do? How does God want you to serve? It is tiring - but it is also an attitude of the heart. "We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty."

Soli Deo gloria.

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