Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for Sunday, August 11: 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 33: 12-22; Hebrews 11:1-16; Luke 12:22-40
And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. . . . But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
Luke 12:29, 31-32
Did you catch it? “ . . . your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32b, italics added)
Wow! I remember the first time this passage really hit me; that God was pleased to redeem me; that God was pleased to leave his heavenly home and endure this world for me; that God was pleased to endure torture and death on my behalf; that God was pleased to give me life eternal. I was awe struck and humbled. If it pleased him to endure such things for me, a downright sinner, how much more should it not please me to do relatively simple, harmless acts for those whom he puts in my life? It was from this passage that, now, when someone says ‘thank-you’ to me that I respond with ‘my pleasure’.
Then if that wasn’t enough. The passage goes on to encourage us to not be afraid but to be ready for he will come and have us, his faithful, recline in order for him to serve us. Whaat?!?! It will please him to serve us? How can that be? Why? It may be incomprehensible, but it is not for us to question. May it allow us to simply be encouraged to not worry about our lives, to seek him first, and to serve others; to give him our days, and to walk in faith trusting him. There is nothing better that we can do but to seek and trust him, and everything else of this earthly life will fall into place.
So be encouraged that, by your faith in the redemption of Christ, God considers you righteous. You too can add your name to the list: By faith Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, . . . and (state your name here) are considered righteous and “God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:16b) Yes, he has prepared a city for you and when you see him face-to-face and give him praise and thanksgiving, you can be sure to hear him say, “It was my pleasure, precious one!”
Prayer: Dear Lord, it is overwhelming to think that it has pleased you to redeem and care for me. Why do I question your love and presence in my life when again and again you have declared your faithfulness and given me encouragement throughout your precious word? Please forgive me my unfaithfulness. Lord, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24b) Keep me always ready for your coming and pleased to serve those you put in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!