Chapter Sixteen Monday, December 13, 2010
The overall denominational mission of the United Methodist Church is to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” That, my friends, is a lofty but essential task!
It all comes down to personal discipleship that is lived out by individuals who are connected to a common purpose. But sometimes the discipleship journey can become a bit fuzzy. We lose track, get confused, wander away, you name it…we do it.
In this chapter, we have two major narratives that come to us from Jesus himself. One is about a servant, a master, and a tricky business deal. The other account involves a rich man and a fellow named Lazarus. If you give them a quick reading, they might come up sounding a bit baffling.
I want to invite you to look a little closer and to ask some important questions. Does my life fit anywhere in either of these accounts? Have I ever struggled with relationships that seem to be similar? What is the primary message God wants to share with me today from this passage of Scripture?
Gracious God, you alone are the source of our peace, and you look mercifully upon your people in their moments of need. Bring us into the dignity that distinguishes the poor in spirit, and show us how great is the call to serve. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.