Labels and actions

“‘Servant’ is one of the greatest of the Christian words used as a label for a variety of Christians.  The fountainhead for who gets called ‘servant’ begins with Jesus, who said he did not come to be served but to serve (Mark 10:45)…. Within a decade or two after the resurrection of Jesus, the most elevated label among early Christians was to be called a ‘servant.’” (p 187 – 188)

Do we serve like Jesus?

The most exaulted

“Serving, whether behind the scenes or not, is the most exalted form of love the Bible knows of. Love in the Bible consists in giving oneself to the other, and the giving of oneself defines the term ‘service.’ What the early Christians realized was that service was not just for those behind the scenes – it was the designated mode of life for every Christian, including the leaders.” (p 186}

What does service mean to you?

Day 37 – Love Serves

“Through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written this short letter to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God.”
1 Peter 5:12

“But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.  It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave.’”
Matthew 20:25-27

Facing the Day – Serving others is the Christian form of love.

 

Lenten Psalms

A few years ago I participated in a Lenten Retreat in Daily Life and on one occasion my director for the retreat asked if I read the Psalms daily.  I told him I did not and he encouraged me to add readings of the Psalms to my daily practice.  I started the practice then and now read a Psalm almost every day and have found that most days it adds a depth and richness to my time with Scripture.

I wonder if we might share in that this Lent?

During Lent I will posting in the Lectio Room the morning and evening Psalms from the daily lectionary of the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church (USA).  I will start posting the Psalms this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday.

You can follow the Lenten Psalms here in The Lectio Room ( lectio.discipleswalk.org ) or at the Disciples’ Walk Facebook Group ( http://www.facebook.com/groups/discipleswalk/ ).

I pray in some manner it will be a blessing.

Charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

Resources for kingdom work

“Jesus expected his followers to support the work of God.  Love supports the work of God.  Supporting Jesus turns one’s love for Jesus and for his kingdom vision and for his followers into living reality.  When Jesus called his followers to love God and to love others, involved in that love was the willingness to use resources for kingdom work.” (p 182)

What do I use my resources for?

Day 36 – Love Is Supporting

“The twelve were with [Jesus], as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from who seven demons had gone out, ad Joanna, the wife of Herod’s  steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.”
Luke 8:1-3

“But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Matthew 6:33

Facing the Day – Love supports the work of God.