Ragamuffin thoughts and faith in the raw.
A United Methodist Certified Lay Servant (aka Speaker, aka Preacher) blogging the Revised Common Lectionary as a spiritual discipline, with other random thoughts thrown in.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Every Time You Cross My Mind - Modeling Leadership:
(Drawing of Philippi by H. Daumet)
Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
It’s not at all fanciful for me to think this way about you. My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. You have, after all, stuck with me all the way from the time I was thrown in jail, put on trial, and came out of it in one piece. All along you have experienced with me the most generous help from God. He knows how much I love and miss you these days. Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does!
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.
(Philippians 1:3-11; The Message)
1. When you think of someone, do you break out in hives, expletives, or exclamations? 2. Do I encourage new believers and disciples, or do I order and direct? In other words, am I a leader or a manager? 3. When I praise someone, is it empty and robotic, or do I tell them what I liked about what they did or who they are? 4. What is the difference between agape love and fleshy love? 5. After hearing such a loving greeting, do you think the church in Philippi was less or more receptive to Paul's subsequent instructions?