Sunday, September 4, 2016

Salvation Along the Way

Today's reflection on the Daily Texts:

Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death. – Psalm 68:20 (NIV)

That evening, at sunset, they brought to Jesus all who were sick or possessed with demons. – Mark 1:32

Lectionary texts: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33

There are many aspects of being saved. Many things we need to be saved from, and many things we may be saved for, new ways of life that wouldn't be open to us without saving intervention. God is at work in our lives for this kind of salvation all the time.

My sermon today focused on Jesus' teaching about being willing to "give up" whatever we're attached to that might get in the way of our walk of life as his disciples. Like architects of a tower, or military strategists, we are to sit down and make a plan for the construction of our faith life. Yet the actions of planning and pruning are not the whole story. Our call originates with God's grace, with the understanding that everything good is a gift, given at God's initiative. It's God who gives, and God who teaches how to use what we give, and God who will continue to give. We can rely on God, rather than all the "stuff" we accumulate.

It seems to me that this, too, is a form of salvation. May God's Spirit teach us to travel light, rely on God's grace, and look for God's saving intervention every time we need it along the way.

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