The Holy Gospel: September 8, 2013 (Year C)

Read:  Luke 14:25-33

Meditation:  “The Long View”

Short-term assessments rarely produce long-term results.  I saw this in education as a professor.  Students who wrote papers for a grade in class did tgeir work differently than those who used a paper to open a door to ongoing learning.  Even the term “graduation” is dangerous when viewed as a conclusion than as a comnencement.

Jesus’  stories in todays’s lesson show what hapoens when we use the short-run to determine the long-haul.  Simply put, we run out of gas before we reach our destination.  A house is left unfinished.  A battle ends in defeat rather than victory.

Wise builders and kings determine the next step in relation to the longer journey.  One way to say it is, “We determine what our actions should be in relation to the kind of life we want to live.”  As Christians, we want our lives to glorify God and honor Christ.  So,we plan our intermediate activities accordingly.  We ask, “Will this word or deed keep me on the path I want to walk?”

“Giving up all our possessions” (v. 33) means putting all the components of our life into the life purpose we have given ourselves to.  It means taking the long view.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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