July 7th (4th Sunday After Pentecost): “Work For The Good of All”

Main Text: Galatians
6:7-16 (Isaiah 66:10-14; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20)

In
order to live God’s love, it is imperative that we can identify God’s love. God
is love, but not all love is from God. When our first love is not God, then our
love can become in conflict with God’s love. God’s love is expansive and seeks
the good of all. Our love can be limited. This limited love can lead to
conflict, rather than unity. One example is our love of country. Can we love
our country differently than God does? What does our limited love of country
lead to and how is that different then God’s love of country? We say, “one
nation under God,” but what happens when we place country above God. God
clearly revealed Love through Jesus Christ who embodied God’s love. This
reading from Isaiah is the last verses of this book of prophesy. It comes following
the fall of the nation. Remember what happened to Israel? God’s blessings were
meant to flow into the whole world, but their fear and love of country
separated them from God’s will. They were no longer working for the good of
all, but rather the self-protection of what they already had. Nevertheless, at
the end of this devastation God still proclaims prosperity. The letter to the
Galatians reminds them and us that no matter what you see, we are a new
creation in Jesus Christ. To believe this, is to form your life not based upon
the narrow and restrictive sense of love that we see. We are called to live
God’s love. This means that our works are to reflect this faith in Jesus
Christ. We are called to work for the good of all and extend that invitation to
all. How is your life formed? Are you formed around your faith? Do your works
reflect this love?  

WRITTEN BY: Abiding Presence

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