Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 19, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 19, 2011
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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Be like Jesus
"A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave
above the master; it is enough for the disciple to
be like the teacher, and the slave like the master.
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul,
how much more will they malign those of his household!"
Over the past thirty years of my life, I have sat
through and also taught many local church membership
classes. Usually the classes are devoted to teaching
potential members about that particular denomination.
Often the membership classes attempt to recruit
volunteers to assist in chores and other needed tasks
and ministries of the church. It is also popular to
have the students complete spiritual gift inventories
as part of their membership classes and encourage each
one to sign up for a ministry as they enter the life
of that particular church. Sometimes we are so intent
on jobs, chores, and needful things to do, that we
neglect the teachings of Jesus, the early church
creeds and basic spiritual rebirth, baptism, and
discipleship training. Many new members have never
read a gospel and have no understanding of who Jesus
is and what he taught!
The early church understood it was costly to follow
Jesus. They often insisted on a thorough teaching
of the Christian faith for prospective members, for
publicly identifying with Christ could possibly bring
What if we insisted prospective church members read
all "the words in red" found in the gospels of Matthew,
Mark, Luke, and John before joining a local church?
What if we discussed the costs of publicly identifying
with Christ in our communities? What if our churches
more closely identified with Jesus? What would happen
if each of us did these things in our personal lives?
God, help us remember we are students and servants of
Grace and peace,
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