Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 29, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 29, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make
you become fishers of people.'"
I have a confession. As a minister I have not always
practiced what I preach. There have been times in my
life when I have been very human, bemoaning financial
concerns. Once a friend cared enough to reprimand me
as I voiced these concerns. "What's wrong with you?
Are you in the ministry to make money and a comfortable
living? If so, you are in the wrong business! If I
read the text correctly, Jesus said, 'Follow me.' The
disciples who dropped their nets and livelihood did
not ask for a compensation package!" My friend mused,
"Isn't there a story about a widow giving a penny or
two? Didn't Jesus say she gave more than the
My spiritual lapse reminds me of the time when my
family and I attended the play Fiddler on the Roof.
It is about a very poor Russian peasant family.
During the play, a question is asked, "Lord, I know
there is nothing wrong in being a poor man. But
would it spoil a vast eternal plan if I were a
I was stricken. I had forgotten a basic reality
about costly discipleship. Spiritual rebirth costs
nothing. Discipleship, that is, following Jesus,
sometimes calls us to sacrificial service. My
calling is to be a faithful and devoted follower
of Jesus Christ. I was not called to riches.
Christ came in poverty. Who am I to demand comfort,
security, and affluence? My first love for God had
become tainted with envy for money, comfort, status,
and job security. I confess these things. God has
always provided generously. I have food, shelter,
health, and people who cherish me. I can be secure
in knowing people do not love me for my money or
income earning potential!
The apostle Paul had something to say about true
wealth, "For you know the generous act of our Lord
Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your
sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you
might become rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9). I need to
ponder this verse. For my sake, Christ became very
poor, so that I may become very rich in God. You
have heard my story. What does this mean in your
Help me, dear God, to count my blessings today and
be thankful for your simple abundance and care.
Grace and peace,
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