Paul introduces us in this passage to Titus and has many nice
things to say about him. Titus will have some companions, too, but they remain
unnamed here. It seems like Paul is going out of his way to show his support
and acceptance, presumably to give the Corinthians the same level of trust.
After all, Titus and his travel mates will be the ones carrying the donations
back to Jerusalem.
Having been a church leader for many years, I know the scrutiny we
endure. There is a lot of pressure to be above reproach. Why is that? For some,
it is to make sure nobody can accuse you of doing something shady. We’ve all
seen the scandals of church leaders who have been caught in their sin, exposed,
ridiculed, and thrown out of their roles. Being we’re all sinful, it can be
hard to live up to the expectations put on a church leader to somehow be less
sinful. How can it be less daunting?
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see a
reflection you are happy with? So many of us find fault with our earthly
bodies. Maybe we’re too fat or too thin. We’ve got straight hair when we’d
prefer curly. Don’t get me started on being short, wishing I had long, lanky
legs. My long-legged friends lament they can never find pants long enough, while
mine drag on the ground. We are never content, are we?
As we age, these earthly bodies start to wear out, too. Our
text says we will “groan and sigh.” Our earthly bodies have their
limitations. We’re surrounded by a lot of retired expats here in our community,
and it’s funny how many conversations revert to our aches and pains and how our
bodies just can’t keep up with us anymore. This passage today speaks of hope. Our
earthly bodies are only for a season; they aren’t meant to last forever. Our
heavenly bodies, on the other hand, are designed for eternity.
There are a lot of nuggets in today’s passage. Which one
really resonated with you? The one about wealth, the Lord’s discipline, the
familiar lyrics of a song? Wisdom has been with God since creation. And blessed
are men who find wisdom. The book of Proverbs is already whetting our appetites
to know more, to truly seek wisdom, to be blessed.
Yet, how many of us will read this text and then return to
business as usual? Do we really let what we read soak in? Are there things we
can do differently in our lives because we are on a mission for wisdom?
We all have parents. Some of us are still able to honor them. Some of us are parents and know what it feels like to be honored. The reminder here is a good one. This is the first commandment with a promise. It wasn’t just an expectation from God, there was a reward attached. Do this and get that. When we honor our parents, we are promised a long life, and that things will go well for us.
I don’t know about you, but when I was younger, I had a hard time honoring my parents. I was a bit of a rebel child. I could say the same for my own children. Why is it that the ones we love most sometimes take the brunt of our attacks and abuse? If only we could be more mindful of God’s command. He is just waiting to fulfill his promise. Continue reading “Ephesians 6:1-9 – Just For Everyone”
Oh my! What sorrow awaits is most certainly true! I think it’s an understatement to say that Jesus’ words “hurt” those religious leaders. Those words should have shook them to the core of their beings. Yet, they did not understand. Woe to them.
Jesus totally called them out. I wonder if any meal was actually shared? Could it be that Jesus left with an empty stomach? That’s certainly not the issue here. He did give them their fill, however.