The Forward Day by Day Meditation
for June 25, 2015
I like to get good grades and do things well, so I can completely imagine myself in the scene at the Last Supper when the disciples were arguing about which one of them was the greatest. I can see myself raising my hand to Jesus, wiggling in my seat and saying, "Pick me! Pick me!"
But of course, this is not what Jesus called the original disciples, nor us, to do or to be. Our work is to serve, not to be served; to be humbled, not to be given over to pride and boasting.
But sometimes, we feel as if there is a rather fine line between doing something well for God and doing something well for recognition. If we dress up to go to church, it is to honor God or to be seen looking good? If we are exacting in our work with volunteers at church, are we trying to give God our best or being critical and judgmental and hard to work with? If we are successful, is it to further the kingdom or further our career and comfort goals?
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