Lesser Things

You can have them.  the watchers by laurence.winram

 

Like trying to make yourself look better in the eyes of the Living God. (you can only make yourself look worse)

 

Like worrying about how obedient to God you are. (you’re not very)

 

Like jumping through a bunch of stupid “religious” hoops to keep in good stead with God or you church. (that is just religion, and God hates it)

 

Like focusing on your own “spirituality”. (what in the world is that, anyway?)

 

Is not what Christ has done on the cross, and in your baptism, enough for you?

Is not receiving what the world could never buy, the real presence of the Living God in the bread and wine of Holy Communion, enough for you?

Do you really want to waste time and energy with ‘lesser things’?

Do you really want to say to God, “yeah, that death and resurrection of yours was good, but what about what I’m doing?”

 

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What then ought we be doing?

Surely there is something our Lord would have us do, right?

 

 

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11 Responses

  1. Yes! He would have us believe…but alas, we cannot. So He has sent His Holy Spirit to quicken our hearts, regenerate our spirits and work repentance in us so we will turn, have faith in the blood of Jesus and believe in all the promises of God’s goodness!!

  2. Amen, Nancy!

    Thanks, my friend!

    • Yet, I find it so paradoxical that in our instant gratification, leisure-indulgent, hedonist culture that this Gospel message still seems to struggle to catch on. Maybe that’s because our consumerist culture is also wedded to the idea that there still is no such thing as a free lunch.

  3. Your posts often serve as a reminder for me to check my motivations, as the works mindset easily sets in for me.

  4. On the otherhand, it is precisely that I am wanting badly to do something but I am failing in it that the Gospel is sweet to me.

    If I stop trying to do something, then the Gospel will not be of any need to me.

    A bit paradoxical today.

    God bless,

    LPC

  5. Ewwww, that one about worrying how obedient I’m being hit me! Thanks. No, really, I do mean thanks. I believe what Christ did is enough. And then I get back on my list and worry that I’m never gonna make God happy enough. Duh.

    Well, that’s the truth! I’m never going to; only Jesus ever has…… He did what I could not, can not, will not do.

  6. Interesting how I will be prompted to follow someone “home” and have their current post hit me right where I live.

    Truly, it is a struggle to get my eyes off of myself and onto Christ and His infinite worth.

    What ought *I* to be doing?

    Burning my idols and humbling myself in the sight of the Lord, I think.

  7. Surely He told us. Love one another!

    • Mr Robertson,

      How is that going? Are you loving other Christians as Christ loved us? That is the rest of the command which goes way beyond warm feelings. It is a selfless and self sacrificing love. Not only people you appreciate but also ones you consider your enemy. That is Agape. The commanded love.

      God’s peace. †

  8. Isn’t there something else I can do?

    I’m not too good at that one.

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