Preparing for Worship: Desire & Discipleship

Preparing for Worship: Desire & Discipleship

John Haralson   •   June 23, 2017

Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Jesus, Luke 6:21


Dear Friends,

In Luke 6, Jesus had just started to form the leadership core among his followers. From the many that were following him, the “disciples”, Jesus chose twelve whom he called the “apostles”. Jesus patterned these twelve after the leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was consciously re-constituting a group of people who would become the locus of God’s activity in the world.

So, what do you say to such a group of people? If you’re Jesus, you have this small group of people that is going to become the nucleus of your work in the world and be charged to spread it all over the world (this is where the name “apostle” is important; an apostle was someone sent by God to represent God in the world).

Where would you begin?

Jesus starts by speaking about weeping, poverty, hunger, and rejection. Far from having all your needs met, Jesus is saying that if you follow him, you will need to get in touch with your unfulfilled desires.

You and I have a really hard time with our unmet longings. Yet, if we are honest, are these not the most significant parts of our lives?

With these core longings, we can demand they be fulfilled on our terms and according to our timetable. We can be crushed by guilt and shame and assume that our current lack of fulness is somehow our fault. Or, we can disconnect our hearts from our desires and live a life what Thoreau called “quiet desperation”.

But, instead of killing or enthroning our desires, Jesus tells us to direct those unfulfilled longings to him, trusting that he will meet them according to his wisdom and love. 

This, according to Jesus, lies at the very heart of discipleship.

On Sunday, we will be singing a new song in worship. It is one example of what it looks like to direct our longings to the Lord.

This week: Desire & Discipleship, Luke 6:17-26

Liturgy is here

I hope to worship with you.

Warmly in Christ,

John

P.S. Don’t forget that this Sunday is Volunteer Appreciation Sunday for all of our ministries. We simply could not do the work the Lord has given us without many of you sacrificially giving your time, talents and treasures to our church.