I start with a prayer.
Now I do my self-evaluation.
As many of you know, we are hoping to build a home here in Outlook. We have a lot in Rudy Landing and we have a set of plans and are trying to figure out if we can afford to build with the blueprints we have. I love the trades and sometimes fall asleep thinking of the construction process. Sometimes it keeps me from getting to sleep. Last night was like that so I didn’t rest as well as I hoped.
Time for God’s word.
Reading from Luke 6:20-36:
6:20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God belongs to you.
21 “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil on account of the Son of Man! 23Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors did the same things to the prophets.
24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your comfort already.
25 “Woe to you who are well satisfied with food now, for you will be hungry.
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
26 “Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for their ancestors did the same things to the false prophets.
27 “But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29To the person who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other as well, and from the person who takes away your coat, do not withhold your tunic either. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your possessions back from the person who takes them away. 31Treat others in the same way that you would want them to treat you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. 34And if you lend to those from whom you hope to be repaid, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, so that they may be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Reflection on God’s word.
Verses 24 – 26 stand out to me this morning. These verses talk about a warning to those who are using the gifts they have received for their own good. It brings to mind the scripture “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
Where is my focus, is it on me, or on others? Is it on my comforts or on the calling God has given me. It is a danger for me to get lost or distracted by the good things we have. I will need some accountability to keep my focus and my passions directed towards Christ and his people.
An action plan.
What can I do about it? I can share this with the person who disciples me. If I ask, he will hold me accountable and call me back to where my passions ought to be. I can do that this Thursday when I meet with him.
Now a time of prayer
Blessings and peace,