It’s All About Grace Right?
About a year ago I was at a retreat and picked up a copy of Henri Nouwen’s The Way of the Heart – short, sweet and packed with wisdom. He spoke about a meeting with Mother Theresa, He observes, “Mother Teresa again affirmed the truth that ministry can only be fruitful if it grows out of a direct and intimate encounter with our Lord.” (at 18)
Combining that insight with this one from Sarah Young’s devotional,
When you need comfort, I love to enfold you in My arms. I enable you not only to feel comforted but also to be a channel through whom I comfort others. Thus you are doubly blessed, because a living channel absorbs some of whatever flows through it.
Young, Sarah (2004-10-12). Jesus Calling: Seeking Peace in His Presence (p. 303). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
This has me thinking a little about all of this. We need to be aware that a blessing retained is a blessing without hope and reflects the rampant individualism and secularism of our world here and now. Is it faith or service? Is that even the right question to be asking?
Maybe the idea is our faith is expressed through how we order and live out our lives in the here and now. We are and have to be aware of where we are and the climate of the culture, but nevertheless, living out what is given to us and not, that is a big not, living out what we think should be our mission.
Why do we think that it’s all about what we think Jesus wants us to do, rather than coming to a place where being with Jesus and joining Him in His work that is what the Gospel message is about.
I always love reading Matthew 7:21-23 (The Message),
Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance— isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.