Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 29, 2012
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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.
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"And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make
you fish for 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
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 wealthy man?"
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 life?
Help me, dear God, to count my blessings today and be
thankful for your simple abundance and care. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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