In a changing world …

… will we be found faithfully living out a compassionate and selfless life?

“The changes being demanded of us are almost beyond comprehension. For vast numbers of people living in the West – the world of the “haves” – it will mean a total reorientation of life-styles. It will mean learning how to resist the urge to buy and the urge to eat, where submitting to those urges is our custom. It will mean discovering the simplicity which comes from an intentional life lived from inside out rather than from outside in. In the riches of the Christian tradition there are patterns for this kind of pursuit, easily adapted to present needs. To adopt them, however, will require not only assistance, but ongoing support.”

~ James C. Fenhagen (from Mutual Ministry)

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the [a]air have[b]nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 59 And He said to another,“Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 60 But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” 61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”           

~ Luke 9:57-62 (NASB)

This was part of my reading this morning … and it comes at a time where I’ve been reflecting on how to hold loosely the things of this world … Living in a world where the “haves” and “have-nots” live on the same soil … what should I, as a “have”, think of my life-style if I’m to be true to the gospel?


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