July 14th (5th Sunday After Pentecost): “Lead Lives Worthy of the Lord”

Main Text:  Colossians 1:1-14 (Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Luke
10:25-37)

To
believe in the resurrection is to believe that death no longer separates us
from the love of God in Jesus Christ. Jesus then is the living object of our
faith who is not impacted, changed or defeated by what is happening in our
lives and world. This means that we always have a focal point upon which we can
confidently build our lives. We are to lead lives worthy of the Lord. Our
reading from Deuteronomy claims that the law is not something that is too hard
to follow or hard to see. The law was God’s gift of how-to live-in relationship
as it was meant to be with God and all creation. It was meant to bring God
close. Unfortunately, the closer that God became the more people pulled away.
They wanted something they could control and embody. The Gospel story of Jesus
encounter with the lawyer illustrates this. He wanted to justify himself. He
was not concerned about a relationship with God as much as assurance he had
satisfied God’s demands. Therefore, he wanted a definition of neighbor that he
could manage. The purpose of the law was not for people to accomplish it, but
rather for God to accomplish His will through it in and through the lives of
God’s people. Jesus fulfilled the law and overcame death, so that now we can
conform our lives to his. It is an invitation to a better life than the world
can offer. How are you leading a life worthy of the Lord? Where do you need to
conform your life to his? Because the object of our faith is always before us,
may the Spirit give us the ability to follow.     

WRITTEN BY: Abiding Presence

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