February 12, 2019
The following story was shared by Pastor Steven Cole. “Years ago, the British agnostic Thomas Huxley had to leave early one morning to go from one speaking assignment to another, so he got into a horse-drawn taxi to go from his hotel to the train station. He assumed that the hotel doorman had told the driver of the carriage that they were to go to the train station. So, when he got in, he simply said to the driver, “Drive fast.” Off they went. After a short while, Huxley, who was somewhat familiar with the area, realized that they were actually going in the opposite direction from the train station. He yelled to the driver, “Do you know where you’re going?” Without looking back, the driver replied, “No, sir, but I’m driving very fast.” Obviously, it doesn’t do much good to go fast if you’re not going in the right direction! Yet, many people, even Christians, are like that. Their lives are busy, they are going full bore, but they haven’t stopped to evaluate where they ought to be going. Before we know it, life has whizzed by, but we haven’t spent it focused on the right purpose. As Christians, we all would agree that if we want to spend our lives properly, we must be in line with God’s purpose.”
The message for this coming Sunday is entitled, Perspective for the Journey. It will be based on the lectionary selection from Luke 6:17-26. If this passage doesn’t jump out at you right away, it is no surprise. Luke 6:17-26 is part of the Sermon on the Mount, as it appears in the book of Luke. I don’t think Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount is as popular as Matthew’s. However, I love the way Luke starts the teaching portion of this story which Matthew lacks. Luke 6:20 states, “Then he looked up at his disciples and said…” It’s like Jesus knows a crowd is there with his disciples, but not everyone is ready to hear and accept what he has to say. Life was going by fast for everyone there on the hillside as it always does, but only his disciples will seek to accept his teaching to gain his purpose and direction for living. We’ll hear the familiar words from Jesus this Sunday, “Blessed are you who are poor. Blessed are you who are hungry now. Blessed are you who weep now. Blessed are you when people hate you.” Thanks to Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount, we’ll also hear Jesus say, “Woe to you who are full, woe to you who are laughing, woe to you when all speak well of you.” Life is busy, including as we transition to a new church home, so we’ll take some time to gain direction from Jesus because we are not just admirers in the crowd, but his disciples.
See you Sunday.
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