If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. Leviticus 25:35 NIV
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirrorand, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.James 1:22-24 NIV
Over the years, I have done many things in pursuit of serving Jesus. I have tried many things in trying to be more like Jesus. Too often though the things I do are respectable, honorable, and (well let’s face it) they make you look good. But not everyday. I confess that I have been made a fool more than once while trying to serve and live like Jesus.
A few years ago on a bitterly cold day I was part of a community food distribution and despite our best efforts we had food left over. The leftovers were to go to the Community Food Pantry. There was leftover frozen meat, but there were no boxes to put the meat in. I suggested that we use a grocery cart from inside the church (used to collect food pantry donations) and transport the meat the 3 blocks to the Pantry. I never gave a thought to what I would like in the process – in looking at the pictures I was a fool.
On another occasion while serving in Guatemala with Mission Guatemala, I had the opportunity to spend two days in the belly of a septic tank as part of our project to expand the restrooms in a community school. I can tell you it was not my number 1 or 2 favorite jobs, but someone had to do it. What a fool to volunteer!
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” I Corinthians 1:26-31 NIV
Perhaps we if we spent more time being foolish and less time being honorable, we would understand what it means to truly live and to LOVE like Jesus.
I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.
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