September 1st, 2019 (12th Sunday after Pentecost): “Let Mutual Love Continue”
Main Text: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 (Proverbs 25:6-7; Luke 14:1,7-14)
These words in the letter to Hebrews are closing instructions to the people of God on how to live now. To believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is to believe that no matter what you see in the present reality, the way it is supposed to be and will be for all eternity is embodied in Jesus life. Many have fallen away from the faith because of the failure of the institutional church. Ghandi said that he loved our Christ, he just did not care much for Christians. The church and the people can fail to embody what we proclaim, but Jesus is alive. The perfect representation is never lost, because it is fulfilled in Christ. Now, we are called not to conform our lives to the world, but always keep our eyes on Christ and mold our lives to his. This will be most evident when we let mutual love continue. We do this when we show Christ like love. How did Jesus love? Though he could rightfully take the highest places, he chose to humble himself and become a servant. Mutual love continues when we also see ourselves as servants of the Lord and of each other.