Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 28, 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.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed. Thank you
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Wonderful words of life
Jesus said to the disciples, "Go therefore and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything that I have
commanded you. And remember, I am with you always,
to the end of the age."
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John offer us
wonderful words of life. They offer us hope, courage,
joy, peace, and strength for the day. By reading them,
we learn how to better love God, our neighbors, and
ourselves. As we slowly read the stories, we learn
many things from Jesus. We are blessed with his
spiritual hospitality and generosity. Jesus also
fully expects us to share the goodness of God with
others, and we are expected to pass it on. God's good
news is to be shared and not hoarded! We are blessed
with this charge to teach others what Jesus commanded.
We all teach others whether we realize it or not. We
teach by example. How we live deeply influences our
children, friends, and neighbors. Our attitudes and
actions impact even the stranger on the street. Our
lives are actually our sermons. Sometimes our actions
are so loud that people cannot hear our words.
While some of us teach in formal classrooms and small
group settings, most of us probably teach others
informally. Perhaps someone asks for personal advice
or a recipe. Or maybe there is a young mother seeking
mentoring by an older woman. Work friends and colleagues
might come to us for suggestions regarding money, health
issues, or an ethical situation. We are all teachers in
some capacity. Some of us teach best without words, but
by serving others. Because none of us are clones, we
will teach in many creative and diverse ways.
Our challenge is to teach the gospel humbly, graciously,
thoughtfully, whenever people are interested. We are to
live and share the teachings of Jesus and offer them in
culturally relevant ways to each generation. This is our
calling. In doing so, we help make Jesus audible and
visible in the lives of others.
People need to learn the story of Jesus in safe places
as they explore the concept of discipleship. Spiritual
rebirth is free indeed, but discipleship is costly.
Discipleship is a seven day a week, twenty-four hour a
day calling. There is nothing easy about following
Jesus and people should know this before they are
invited to "make a commitment." Obeying his teachings
will bring us into countercultural living. By living
his words, we will threaten the status quo of our
religions, societies, political movements, and more.
We will be called to feed the hungry, visit the sick
and those in prison while sharing our wealth and
resources with others in need.
Study his teachings closely before teaching others.
The Gospels teach us that there is a welcome for
everyone who is interested in Jesus. It takes time
to carefully learn and relearn all that Jesus commanded
and taught. Jesus carefully trained his inner circle
of disciples for three intense years. Discipleship is
a lifetime revelation. Disciples are to disciple new
babes in the faith.
Consider rereading Matthew's Gospel as a primer in
discipleship. Ask God for wisdom and insight as you
strive to share the goodness of
Christ with others.
Help me make the effort to become a gracious teacher in
word and deed, God, as I learn and generously share these
wonderful words of life with others. Truly, the results
are in your hands. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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