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Do you want a “comfortable” life or ministry?

Discussion/Devotional Thought of the Day:

 19  A teacher of the Law came to him. “Teacher,” he said, “I am ready to go with you wherever you go.” 20  Jesus answered him, “Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lie down and rest.” 21  Another man, who was a disciple, said, “Sir, first let me go back and bury my father.” 22  “Follow me,” Jesus answered, “and let the dead bury their own dead.”      Matthew 8:19-22 (TEV)

 Copy me, my brothers, as I copy Christ himself. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (Phillips NT) 1

148    Why stoop to drink from the puddles of worldly consolations if you can satisfy your thirst with waters that spring up into life everlasting?  (1)

I am still in awe that the Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom was created everything that has been created, journeyed around thinking nothing of His own comfort.  Jesus should have been afforded every comfort, and took none, sleeping on the ground with a rock ( which He created) as His pillow, the ground as His bed. His service (we like to call it a nicer word ministry) to us was His focus, and discomfort was taken on gladly.  Because of His love for the Father, because of His love…for us.

We are not so willing to follow Him, to make His life our pattern.  We want to have the positions that are comfortable, the ministries that are peaceful and growing, and without conflict or pain.  I myself have wondered recently, what would happen if I got a call that was to a church that was a distance off, far from our families and friends.  ( If it was in upstate New Hampshire or near Boston – that’s cool – but… that’s me looking after my comfort zone again!)  Would I be willing to endure that?  Or what about another conflicted parish?    What about going back to being bi-vocational?

I take my comfort in my electronics – I am presently struggling because my smartphone is in the shop, and I was given an ancient model (circa 2007) to replace it while it is there.  Oh the indignity! Oh the suffering of dealing with a 2 inch screen  (my 6 year old thinks its so cool and retro -cute!)

How much do we look for our comfort, for our lives and not look to where Paul looked,  because he copied (as best as he could) Jesus.

How can we find our comfort, our consolation (look it up in the dictionary – cool word) in the things of this world – the homes, the cars, the safe community, when something more is there…..

Something more fulfilling, more enduring, more incredible.

Something that will leave us in awe…

Can we look to Jesus, the author, finisher, model of our faith… and take up our cross… and for His sake, for His service, for His mission… follow Him?  Can we go where He  wants us to go – not giving thought to the cost… knowing the cost of the sins of people – that they need to know has been paid?

Lord, Have mercy on us, help our perspective, help our will and desires to be copied from You, and give us your strength and power to see that happen.

Amen.

Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-...

Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-20 Français : Jésus et Saint Pierre, Évangile selon Matthieu 4.18-20 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(1)  Escriva, Josemaria (2010-11-02). The Way (Kindle Locations 481-482). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Do they know of your trust in God from your FB postings?

Devotional Thought of the Day…

 4  Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5  Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9  Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.  Philippians 4:4-9 (NLT)

May your behavior and your conversation be such that everyone who sees or hears you can say: This man reads the life of Jesus Christ. (1)If 

I would wish that for a day, the stories we “share”, the meme’s we forward to others, the things we post, would testify not of our whit, or our wisdom, or our paranoia.  Could we take the time before hitting enter to consider that which is underlined about – and if it doesn’t match our post, could we delete it?

This day, I desire that

Christ icon in Taizé

Christ icon in Taizé (Photo credit: lgambett)

our posts would reflect why we trust in God.  That what we share would share His mercy, His grace.  That would share the joy we know when we hear – “your sins are forgive” and the peace that removes all pain and anxiety as we “take and eat, the Body given for you,  take and drink, the Blood of Christ”.

We’ve been given a most incredible gift – the gift of walking with God.   May others read how much we treasure Him this day.

 

 

 

 

 

(1)  Escriva, Josemaria (2010-11-02). The Way (Kindle Locations 174-175). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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