Pondering for Thursday, October 3, 2019

Readings for Thursday of Proper 21 Year 1

AM Psalm 105:1-22; PM Psalm 105:23-45 2 Kings 18:28-37; 1 Cor. 9:1-15; Matt. 7:22-29

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.”  (Matthew 7:24)

The point here is that obeying Jesus is foundational to faith living. Many Christians like to worship and praise Jesus and that’s good. But even better is to do what Jesus says.  I can remember little “What Would Jesus Do” wrist bands.  Nice, but none of us can really do what Jesus did or is doing.  But we can love God and love our neighbor as ourselves; as Jesus commands us to do.

I have one of those Bibles that has everything that Jesus says in red ink.  It’s very useful for finding everything that Jesus said and then seeing what of what he says is actually telling us what to do. We can’t obey if we can’t find out what he tells us to do.

From the Gospels we are told to let our light shine; let our yes be yes and no be no; to love our enemies; give secretly to the needy; and the golden rule of “do to others what you would have them do to you.” And this is just from Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7.  There are many commands given to us by Jesus that we should be obeying. Perhaps I will list them all for publication one day.

My point is that while we should recognize and worship Jesus as our Savior and the Holy Son of God we must realize Jesus is no trinket to be polished with admiration and set aside.  Jesus utters words that must be followed.  In fact, among the very first words Jesus tells us in every Gospel is “Come,” or “Follow Me,” or a combination of both. Obeying Jesus is not for the faint of heart. It takes practice to not get angry or jealous or resentful or vindictive.  The good news is we don’t have to think about it, we are told to be this way by Jesus. So, we just obey and be happy in our spiritual house built on rock that nothing can destroy.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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