Thought for the Day: The language Paul used of servant and steward is an intriguing combination. The Greek word translated as servant in this verse describes someone who works on a boat, below deck, and rows. It came to describe most anyone who worked with his/her hands. I must confess that I’ve always liked the image of a person participating in a team, providing the power to move the boat to where the leader (in this case, Christ) is directing. One of the metaphors used to describe the church by the early Christians was a boat. At the same time, we have been entrusted as stewards to manage specific news (God’s mysteries) that has become known through the Spirit (1 Cor. 2). It’s as if these two images (servant and steward) need to be together. Our task isn’t simply to sit back and enjoy the mysteries of God that are made known through the Spirit, but to move the church into those places where the message needs to be heard and revealed: the message that Paul calls the mystery of Christ crucified, yet vindicated as the Lord of glory (Friday’s devotional). Or as I might put it: sacrificial love was killed by the powers of hate, yet God gave this love full confirmation through the resurrection. Let us take these good words to the world!
Prayer: So many places and so many people need to hear some Good News! We may not be able to take it in the usual ways, but we trust that you’ll show us how, O Merciful God. Wherever we need to be in this endeavor, even if it is below deck where no one will see our work, we are absolutely fine …assuming we are doing what you need us to do. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge