Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm 105:1-22 (Morning)
Psalm 105:23-45 (Evening)
2 Kings 18:28-37
1 Cor. 9:1-15
In today’s reading from the Gospel, we read that serving Christ is much like building a house. If we only hear what Jesus says, and do not practice his message, we lack a foundation like a house built on sand; if we practice his message, we can weather the storm like a house built on rock. I love a beach house as much as the next person, but I do not want a house built on sand.
When we liken our lives to this metaphor, we realize the importance of putting Christ’s message into practice (think “walking the walk” not just “talking the talk”). Life is going to happen; things are going to be difficult. This is the rain, floods, and wind that will beat us down. It is not enough to simply be familiar with what he says, but we must also follow through and do these things. If we only know the words, it is as if we have never known Jesus at all. This is really the difficult part, and in doing so, we must ask ourselves, “What is the true message?”
This passage resonates strongly with Bishop Curry’s Jesus Movement. It is not enough to simply know the words, but we must practice the message as part of the Jesus Movement. Jesus is a doer and we must seek that also. This is essentially the time when we ask ourselves, “WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?).” In a time where it feels that we might be near drowning in the rain, floods, and wind of life, we must be wise builders and seek a house built on a rock foundation. Look to one another and nurture relationships, inspire others, and develop and grow local ministries. I encourage you to click on the link of the Jesus Movement and see how you can be a part of it, and in doing so, be a wise builder.
Written by Mary Margaret Hui
Mary Margaret is a Fayetteville native and is passionate about improving the opportunities and lives of others through access to education. She holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education and works in the Office of Student-Athlete Success at the University of Arkansas.