First Steps – July 22, 2019

Luke 14:15 says, “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready’.”

A person lost to history once wrote this in reflection to the above passage:

“A King puts a poor man in charge of his treasury. The individual who receives this responsibility does not think that the wealth belongs to him. It remains the king’s. Because he needs the job, he is careful to protect the royal treasury. He wastes nothing. He oversees it carefully.

“Anyone who has been given God’s grace is in a similar situation. With humility we can admit our poverty. We can understand that our king has given us the responsibility for something valuable. If we begin to think of it as our own and become arrogant and proud…We will remain spiritually poor.

“Remember, then what God is doing for you.  Let’s continue to think through our illustration.  What if the king finds a very sick poor person by the roadside? He would be glad to treat his injuries with the best royal medicines available. He might bring the person to his castle, dress him in royal clothing, and feed him at his own table. This is exactly the way Christ came to us, found us sick, and healed us. He invites us to be companions at his table. He does not twist our arms in order to force this upon us. He invites us with great dignity and appeal.”

There is much to remember from this reflection:
1.    God has given us more than we can imagine.
2.    Our response is one of gratitude.
3.    Gratitude is a constant state of being.

As you begin this week, remember what you have been given by God and be grateful.      

This week’s reading:
  • Monday –  Luke 1
  • Tuesday – Luke 2
  • Wednesday – Luke 3
  • Thursday – Luke 4
  • Friday –  Luke 5

Please Pray for:
  • The St. Paul Church family.
  • Those who are unwillingly absent.
  • Those who are grieving and depressed.
  • Ongoing Building Renovations, Modifications.
  • The United Methodist Church.
  • Our nation and our leaders.