Heart to Heart
Sunday 13 April 2014
Today is Palm Sunday. It’s the beginning of the last week of Lent (ending on Holy Saturday). It’s a busy week, we call it “Holy Week” Every night we will meet, until Thursday when things intensify: we remember Jesus’ “last supper” and the “encroaching darkness” of that night.
On Friday, we stand at the Cross, helpless, watching Him give his life for us. The week ends on the Sabbath, Holy Saturday. We wait. There’s no activity. We try to Make sense of the senselessness of it all.
I’ve been reading Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians for my private devotions. In the second letter, chapter 3, Paul writes about two negative influences on the Thessalonian Church. I like to call them the “moochers” and the “busybodies”
“Keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive” (2 Thess 3: 6).
One commentator writes; “In many ways they are two expressions of the same ill: what is your is mine. Such folk do not have good boundaries. They think they are entitled to whatever comes their way – money, food, recognition, or information. Furthermore, neither the moocher nor the busybody contributes to the general well-being of the community.
So what’s Paul complaining about? He simply wants us to grow up – to stop mooching around and to stop scratching around in other people’s business. He wants us to be mature in our faith. Too long we have expected to be served, now its time serve others.
Selaotswe and I have enjoyed preaching stewardship and giving to you. Its been a challenge but then God always challenges preachers with their own (and their colleague’s) sermons.
Today we turn our faces toward Jerusalem.
Lots of love to all of you.
We’d love to get to know you, please introduce yourselves to our ministers, Selaotswe, George or Mukondi as they greet you at the door.