Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ordinary Time: Thursday, June 26, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

We see the staff of the Levites bloom today, so it becomes known to everyone that God has called them for this specific purpose. That's how God's calling works.  Today, He has called you to something.  He has called you to some thing that only you can do. I can't do it.  Your friends can't do it.  You family can't do it. 

God has created you with for a purpose and a plan. God has called you to something amazing, something just for you. You are not just floating through this life, you are here for something.  Today, as we walk with the Lord, and listen to His voice, may we find and understand and do that specific thing He has called each one of us to.  

New Testament Lesson

To me, this passage shows the love of God more clearly than most any passage in the Bible.  While we were weak, while we were far from God, while we were lost, Christ died for us. Christ died for use before we even understood that we needed it. Christ died for us before we even knew God's love was out there. 

God's love is not dependent upon us. We can't earn it. We can't make Him not love us.  He simply loves us. Christ died for us while we were in our sin. God's love for us is amazing, and that love will come to us before we even know that we need it. 

Gospel Lesson

It is not so upon us. As Christians, we don't operate the way that the world does.  To be great, you must serve.  Worth comes not from the things of this world, worth comes because you are a child of God. To be the greatest in the kingdom, you must be the servant of all. To find you life, you must lose it.  To gain life, you must give it away. 

To know freedom, you must surrender.  To live, you must die to yourself.  

Today, let us be great for God.  Let us serve all that we meet, and in doing that, we show the power and the love of God. Just as He served us, let us serve on another

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