What can we learn from that “walk to Emmaus” about ministering to the people God has placed in our path? In Luke 24, Jesus gives us a ministry model worth imitating. Four ministries served two hopeless travelers on one road in a single day, yet they show us the history-shaping life and ministry of Jesus on a small scale. He walked with us, talked with us, taught us, and brought us to himself through the taking, breaking, and giving of his body for us. These are the ministries of incarnation, inquiry, interpretation, and ignition.
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Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, three-in-one God, one God in three persons . . .
You are the original relationship. You are the original God-centered, others-oriented community. You are the MODEL for the unity of Your Church. Our Lord Jesus prayed that we would live in holy relationship with one another, even as You live as a holy relationship.
But we have fallen short of the glory of Your loving unity, Lord. Forgive us: for we have hurt and hated one another, we have turned away from and not toward one another, we have talked about and not to one another.
But because of His great love for us, the Father planned to provide peace through the Son by the power of the Spirit. You have forgiven us so that we might be able to forgive those who have sinned against us. You are not only the glorious MODEL but also the gracious MEANS by which Your people live in unity.
Now we ask, Lord, that Your work of redemption for us and in us might powerfully work reconciliation between us. Stir our hearts to forgive as we have been forgiven, to reconcile with one another even as we have been reconciled to You.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Spirit, one God, now and forever,
On Thursday of Holy Week we remember that first Lord’s Supper when Jesus said “this cup is the new covenant in my blood.”
Do you have any idea how much meaning is poured into that cup?
Perhaps this excerpt from Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life will help you get a taste of how sweet the new covenant promises are for those who are in Christ Jesus: Continue reading
“To talk about service might seem boring to some. We’ve fallen into this notion that serving is boring, like broccoli.
This is because the concept of Christian morality has often been hijacked in our day by boring people — people who have reduced Christian morality to the avoidance ethic and its most degenerate form, the boycott ethic. The avoidance ethic is the opposite of what I have outlined here. Instead of seeing the Christian life as about being proactive and abundant in doing good, it sees the essence of the Christian life as avoiding bad. It turns discipleship into the art of, as David Platt has said, ‘disinfecting Christians’ rather than sending them out for real engagement in the world.
Who would get excited about a life that is mainly about avoiding things and holing yourself up in a Christian bunker, allegedly ‘safe’ from the world? . . .
. . . A life of serving is a life of joy and adventure and excitement — far more exciting, in fact, than a life lived for yourself, no matter how many times you get to travel the world.”
Matt Perman in What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (pp. 80-81). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.