Archive for December 2009

Seeking the Kingdom…First

December 17, 2009

“Seek first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness….” I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ words since I read them on Sunday afternoon. I’ve especially been asking myself what it means to “seek the kingdom of God.” I’ll probably share more about that at a later time. One thing I’m quite sure it means is advancing the kingdom, which raises an interesting and challenging question that I’d like to throw out to all of us: Where is your primary interest and passion — advancing your personal life or advancing the kingdom of God? I’m guessing that how we answer that question will clue us into how much we’re “following Jesus, wherever he leads us, whatever the cost.” Are we focussed on fulfilling our dreams or on fulfilling God’s Dream? (more…)

Narrow the Road

December 14, 2009

Yesterday afternoon I was reading through the Sermon on the Mount and came across this passage that I thought related well to yesterday’s sermon: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

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Loving the Ideal

December 9, 2009

It was good to read the responses to yesterday’s post. I want to respond to a question that Mary raised, and just throw something out there. Sharon and I watched a movie on Sunday night about Winston Churchill. During the movie someone made the comment that the “ideal” that Churchill called “England” may have never existed, but at least it got him through the war. (more…)

Applying the Great Commandment

December 8, 2009

Today’s gospel reading includes the Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” One way we can love God is by loving what we’re doing, at least as much as that’s possible.

At a natural level, what we’re doing may not be the most satisfying or fulfilling. But we can love God through it. At least, that’s what the apostle Paul suggests when he addresses slaves in his letter to the Colossians: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for people, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”

I mention this today because I don’t always think of taking out the trash or brushing my teeth or even a lot of the stuff that I do at church as a way to love God (which is embarrassing). Have a great day loving him.

Another Story

December 2, 2009

I’ve struggled with whether or not to keep yesterday’s post on the blog. I think I will, for now, in case it can be helpful for some folks. I want you to know that I don’t feel any animosity towards my father. I’m sure my own kids have their own stuff to work through because of my relationship with them. It’s just that these early, primary relationships usually affect how we see and relate to God, and that can be instructive.

I want to share another story about my father that will explain why I said yesterday that he was a “good man.” (more…)

An Unexpected Turn

December 1, 2009

Day three of *28. Day three of “following Jesus, wherever he leads us, whatever the cost…for love.”

“Following Jesus” is fundamentally the experience of “being led.” We follow Jesus wherever he leads us. He takes the initiative, not us. Following Jesus isn’t just a matter of asking ourselves, “Okay, what would it mean to follow Jesus in this situation?” or “What would Jesus do?” When we’re following Jesus, the emphasis is on his leading rather than our thinking. I’m not saying we shouldn’t think about what we’re doing. It’s just that our thinking shouldn’t be turned in on itself, but should be a response to what we sense Jesus may be doing or asking. (more…)