Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ordinary Time; Wendesday, September 19, 2007

Old Testament Lesson

1 Kings 22:1-28

One of the most dangerous things we can do when we are making a decision, whether it be in church, work, or family, is to only hear from those that agree with you. It is always a good thing to hear from those that may have a different opinion of viewpoint. If we do not hear from different voices or different ideas, how can we learn anything?

Today, the king had his mind made up about going to war, and nothing was going to stop him. Not even the voice of the prophet. May we never have our mind so made up that we cannot or will not listen to those in our lives that we know and trust and may have a different perspective.

New Testament Lesson

1 Corinthians 2:1-13

One of the things we see Paul remind us today is that Jesus must be first in everything. We see him tell the Corinthians that when he came to them, he was going to come and be simple and preach that simple message of Jesus, crucified. He wasn't coming for his own attention, of for his own glory. In fact, he humbled himself in his speech and preaching. He was coming for Jesus.

In our service, let us always remember that we do it not for ourselves or for our own glory, but for Jesus. He is the one that deserves praise and glory, he is the one that we give our service to. He is the on that it is all about.

Gospel Lesson

Matthew 4:18-25

He gave Peter and Andrew that simple message. Follow me. He didn't say to where. He didn't say how far. He didn't tell them a lot of details. He simply said to follow. And they did. Why?

They didn't know where they were going, they didn't know where it would lead, they didn't know a lot of things. But, they did know this. They did know who they were following. They were following Jesus. And in following Him, they would be where they needed to be. But, to get there, they needed to follow Him.

May we do the same.

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