Sometimes, in looking at the Bible, a substantial-looking big book with black leather binding and gold lettering, it looks so impressive, so holy, and so daunting that it’s easy to forget that the characters of the Bible are really very ordinary, very typical, sometimes woefully inadequate. And yet we are Christ’s entrusted and enlisted co-workers. Maybe God chooses ordinary people so that, when we see the extraordinary accomplishments God achieves through us, we’ll be all the more impressed with God’s greatness. Maybe God just loves a challenge!
This past Sunday we were again on the road to Jerusalem with Jesus. He stops to point out many truths about God’s kingdom. “Where you heart is, there is where your treasure is,” Jesus states. Many obstacles block us from loving and following Jesus. One in particular is accumulation of wealth and greed. Jesus reminds us in Luke 12 that we ordinary people can do extraordinary work in simply being generous with our money. “Give alms,” he declares. “Strive for the Kingdom of God,” he continues. In the simple can be found the profound. Isn’t it something that Jesus believes in us?!
Peace, Pastor Gary