Sunday, February 14, 2010

Weekly Moravian: The Virtue of Trying

Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Transfiguration of our Lord

Watchword for the Week -- And when they looked up,
they saw no one except Jesus alone. Matthew 17:8

Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:10

Corporate Lumburgs say, "Before we do anything, we should first ask ourselves, 'Is it good for the company?'" What about Dunder-Mifflin?

The apostle Paul directs that we first "Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord." It's the question that spiritual direction and discernment asks. This one simple movement, if practiced regularly, has the potential of transfiguring us. Like leaven, if and when added, it will change the dough of our existence.

Before you try anything else, make the effort to discover and discern what the Holy Spirit wants. Not what pleases the institution or even what makes for a good survival strategy. We miss out on spiritual aliveness because we replace seeking God's way with favorable results. The power that permeates and transfigures our life lies in at least trying to please God.

What can transform the relationships I have with people, self, God, ministry, money, church, family? With what shall any of us come before the Lord? I have grand designs- just think of all the neat stuff I can do to show that I am real and hence prove my true discipleship of Jesus.

Try this first: "God, what do you want me to do?" Ask the question. It will change your life. And doing so may be the most appropriate beginning- and ending- for whatever disciplines we take up this Lent.

God of the whole universe,
you chose to reveal yourself to us in Jesus.
In Christ, your love for all is plainly seen.
Guide your church toward a vision illuminated by this love,
a vision of peace and justice.

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