Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sermon Thoughts

But let's be clear about what Jesus is not saying. He is not saying that we are not to be stewards of God's blessings. Jesus is not saying that we shouldn't be concerned with paying our bills or making sure our families are provided for. Eh...whatever will be will be. Blessed Be...

Jesus is actually saying the exact opposite, "Let's be realists and let's be honest: most days are troubling and troublesome in one way or another. Things are not perfect. Life is not calm. The pace of our working life is not some vision of an eternal Sabbath. Some days we wonder how we'll make ends meet. Some nights we flop into bed and to our chagrin we realize we went the whole day have not sought God at all because we've been too busy worrying. Today has enough bad stuff as it is, Jesus said, and each of us knows deep in our bones that a truer word was never spoken.

Nevertheless, Jesus says, those are the same days when you can trust that your heavenly Father is well aware of what you need. Those are the same days when you can seek first the kingdom and its righteous, good way to conduct yourself. The life of discipleship and prayer does not take place outside of the hurly-burly everyday nature of our lives but smack within the middle of all that occupies us, all keeps us hopping, and yes all that even drives us a little nuts sometimes. 

“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God (Philippians 4:6).”

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