There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, "A man can stand for a long time with his mouth open before a roast duck flies in." Such was the problem that Paul was facing in the Thessalonian church. Because of a belief in the imminent return of Christ, there were Christians who were refusing to do any work. But Paul counters their laziness by encouraging them to be found engaged in fruitful ministry at the Second Coming, and not to be seen by Jesus as mere idlers, wasting the time that God has given them.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.