Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you, Jesus asks us again this week.
If we look closely at scripture we see that there is a lot of going & coming, sending and being sent. Some of the classics are Abram and Sarai being sent by God into the desert to find a new home; Moses and the Hebrew people going on a journey with God to a land of milk and honey, escaping Pharaoh, and finding a way to live as God’s holy people; Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem and from there taking a long journey into Egypt and then back to Nazareth, all guided by God’s plan.
Then we start to encounter Jesus traveling with his disciples back and forth across the sea of Galilee and into Gentile towns. Next thing we know, Jesus is sending the disciples out two by two on mission trips to spread the good news. And of course, the story of Paul who, while persecuting the early Christians, encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus–and we know how that turned out. Paul, blinded by the presence of the risen Christ, is led to a home where he hears the truth about God’s love for all people; and he learns that he is called to seek and serve Christ in all the people, even those that he once considered worthless sinners. Paul’s call to discipleship sends him to seek and serve Christ in the pagan gentile world of his time. Paul finds out that it is only when he can see Christ in himself that he can see Christ in others.
It is likely that we will not have such a profound encounter with the risen Christ, but we are still called to seek and serve Christ in ourselves and in all persons, expressing the love of God to everyone.
This week we are invited to see ourselves as God’s beloved and to show the love of Christ to all persons. What ministries might God be asking you to undertake in this coming year which express God’s love to your neighbor and to yourself.? What spiritual disciplines might help you find joy and wonder in God’s glorious creation?
Again this week, Jesus asks us through the power of the Holy Spirit, “Will you be my hands and feet? Will you speak my words of love and support to those in need? Will you give of your resources to serve others? Will you prayerfully engage in listening for the needs of the community?” I pray that you answer will be, “I will with God’s help”. Amen.