Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent - Called by the Word

“At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.” - Luke 11:31-32

What do we hear when God comes to us?  Day in and day out, as we work to build our relationship with God we are called to do something to fulfill our end of the relationship.  What do we hear? 

I imagine hearing quite a bit of daunting things from God, especially in the message Jesus bears to us.  God may be calling me to encounter great challenges: conquering fear, overcoming prejudice, and sacrificing your desires.  As difficult it is to answer these calls, I feel like God expects me to stand up and be counted.  Jesus seems to be telling his disciples that those who were saved by Jonah will condemn those who heard God’s call and turned away.  I am called by the Word, who loves me completely, to turn my heart to God, but how often do I refuse and can I continue to refuse?

What can I do to turn my heart to God in everything that I do?  How can I become more like the Ninevites, and look past the imperfections of the people who ask me to live in the good?

Reflected by Matthew Keppel

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