Friday, October 17, 2008
Not Doing Church, Being Church
Matthew 22: 19-21
19Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ 21They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
Today we have another short reflection, which comes from Matthew's Gospel. In this text we see Jesus as the Jewish leaders try to set him up again. Of course Jesus is still smarter than them, and gives them even more truth which makes them even more upset. The truth that Jesus provides is not only relevant in the text but also in our lives as well. Jesus basically says that we are responsible in two ways. We are responsible to man because we have to live and work and pay taxes, but we are also responsible to God for all that God have given us and for our Spiritual growth and gifts. In other words we must be the church, both spiritually and physically. Yes do what you have to as a man or woman but also be a Christian in this world by living Christ like. Give to the people what is the peoples but live for God.
For today focus on if we are just going through live doing church, you know going on Sunday and praying on Tuesday. Or if we are really being the church lived out daily. There is a difference in doing and being, and two different roads go along with each one.
Until Tuesday, Be Well- Pastor J