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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers (μέτοχοι) in a heavenly call, consider Jesus, the Αpostle and High Priest of our confession. He was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in his house. Yet Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, as the builder of a house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by some one, but the builder of all things is God.” (Hebr 3: 1-4)

Here’s a simple, but liberating, thought. As we go about our vocations, as “partakers in a heavenly call,” we participate in the building of our own “house,” in light of God’s life-giving word. We go about our daily responsibilities, trying to do the next right thing, growing and developing both physically and spiritually. But as we do “the next right thing,” whether it’s...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

For we are God’s co-workers (συνεργοί); you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. Let each (builder) take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 3: 9-11)

How dignifying and exciting is this fact, when I have the ears to hear it: God has many “co-workers” and “builders” in His great and small works-in-progress, including me. I am called to growth and development, having been given the one reliable foundation, which makes true progress possible; “which is Jesus Christ.”

Today let me embrace this great fact, that I not stand in place, nor go around in circles, preferring my own foundations...

Monday, May 16, 2016

For the saving grace of God has appeared to all people, training us to renounce iniquity and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.” (Titus 2: 11-14)

 

Here the Apostle describes the dynamic adventure of our lives “in this world.” On our cross-carrying journeys we embrace, and are “trained” by, the grace that has “already appeared,” while awaiting the glory that is yet to appear – “the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” So when I lead a God-centered life, I never stand in place, nor do I imagine th...

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