Preparing For Worship: Half Measures

Preparing For Worship: Half Measures

Jason Davison   •   October 13, 2017

“He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep him thinking about what will happen to them.”
Screwtape, The Screwtape Letters

Dear Friends,

The “Sermon on the Plain” concludes this week with a familiar passage taught and sung about in many a Sunday school class around the world.  In Luke 6:46-49, Jesus stresses the importance of hearing His words and walking in obedience to them.  The problem that seems to almost exasperate Jesus is the common error his disciples make in merely hearing what he says, and failing to do them.

This is an easy detail to overlook for all of us when we approach such a familiar passage.  Our songs, hymns and sermons we grew up with focus on Christ as our Foundation—and this is very true—but what Christ warns us against is the danger of being a “fan” of Jesus, rather than a “follower”; one who likes to hear good teaching every Sunday, but is unwilling to obey said teaching if Jesus truly is Lord.

As we prepare our hearts for worship this Sunday, let us search our hearts, reflecting on this simple, yet forceful exhortation from our Master.  Jesus doesn’t conclude his first major sermon in Luke with a “feel good message”, but a cautionary parable to steer us away from ruin and towards His fortitude and integrity.

The floods of this life are mechanisms to measure what really is the source of our identity, sense of belonging, and behavior.  As I reflect and continue to pray over this passage, please join me in reflecting on the current status of your relationship with Jesus as Lord.  Are we taking care to not only hear, but obey Christ’s words?

This week: Half Measures, Luke 6:46-49

Liturgy is here

I look forward to our time together this Sunday. 

Blessings to you,

Pastor Jason