That was the message in my sermon yesterday. There’s a connection between our spiritual disciplines and our Christian work. Or, a linkage between our ethics and our liturgy. When we draw close to God here on a Sunday, we are better able to be near God on Monday. Good living begins in good worship. That’s why we sing our hymns and read our Bibles. There’s a tether between the way we worship and the way we live. The Bible is not an accessory. Praying is not optional equipment. The test for Sunday is what we do on Monday.
I am comforted to know that God grants justice, as in the story we read Sunday from Luke 18. In the widow’s persistence we are shown her faith. It seems to me that faith isn’t based on God granting my every request. Faith is knowing that God is listening and that God will ultimately bring justice that best fits the Realm of God. When we read the Bible or pray or worship, we begin to look at even the hard things in life, not with despair, but with eyes of grace, wonder, and faith. That’s what we mean when we say that worship is best expressed when we do it by heart. When worship overtakes us, gotten deep in us, it takes over us. We are the prayer, the Bible, the song, the God-like.
In Christ’s peace,