Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Common Thread

Sometimes life looks a small staccato and frazzled. At the end of the twenty-four hours we often look back at what we have got done (or not done) to pull off our home, rise a family, and delight our supervisor. We may even add up the terms we have got paid as we dealt with stress, confrontation, or just the ordinary duties of life in general. It is easy to inquire if there is a yarn that links all the points in our days, giving significance and fulfilment to the whole, even a bad day.

Like some years of our lives, the followers aggregation of Book transitions (1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21, Psalm 16, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Saint Luke 9:51-62) may hit us as a small spot disconnected. After all, the Old Testament textual matter states a narrative about a new job, while the Epistle and Gospels textual matters talk about frailty and virtuousness and dealing with hostile villagers (Samaritans) and loath followers, respectively.

But a yarn makes run through these readings, despite their very different narrative lines and societal locations. It is called commitment. The narrative about a new occupation presents us to the figure of Elisha, an indeterminate 9th century B.C. husbandman who is suddenly torn away from his farm to go the assistant, and later successor, to the oracle Elijah. In modern corporate-speak, person moved Elisha's cheese: Elisha had to confront a life- and career-changing call. Despite the many grounds he could happen for not obeying Elijah (giving up his place and the life of a comfy farmer, for example), Elisha committed himself to doing so. And, as a symbol of his commitment, Elisha slaughtered his herd and burnt his plow.

Paul's Epistle to the Christian Christian churches in Galatia (the part of modern twenty-four hours Turkey) is often called the Magna Carta of Christian freedom. The transition from Galatians exemplifies this claim: "Freedom is what we have-Christ have put us free!" (5:1a, GNT). But as the remainder of the reading shows, freedom can turn out to be a double-edged sword even for following of Christ. Freedom in Christ's Spirit necessitates watchfulness and a committedness to a life of love and virtue. Freedom in Jesus Of Nazareth makes not mean, as some in Galatia had argued, that trusters are free to dwell wickedly.

Luke's transition Marks the beginning of a particular subdivision in the 3rd Gospel, the journeying through Samaria as Jesus and his following caput toward Capital Of Israel (9:51-18.43). Because of his ain committedness to follow the volition of his Father, Jesus Of Nazareth undertakes this journeying even though he cognizes it conveys him into hostile territory, where the Samaritans, traditional enemies of the Judaic people, lived. Along the way, three Samaritans inquire about following Jesus. Testing their commitment, Jesus Of Nazareth points the first toward the adversity and path of discipleship - "The Son of Man have no topographic point to lie down and rest" (9:58, GNT). For the 2nd and third, he arouses the scene from 1 Kings 19 in which Elijah names Elisha into discipleship. Jesus Of Nazareth declares, "Let the dead bury their ain dead..." and "Anyone who begins to plough and then maintains looking back is of no usage for the Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:60, 62, GNT).

Yielding to the Spirit, and the complaint to perpetrate oneself irrevocably and unconditionally to God, is the yarn that stitches these Bible transitions together. This same yarn throws our years together as well, no substance how many staccato hours and undertakings 1 counts at the end of the day. Even a crumbled twenty-four hours filled with adversity can be a twenty-four hours for the Kingdom if we link it to the great yarn of commitment, love, and life that the Spirit have woven in our lives.

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