The danger in this is that – if we’re not careful – the loving and serving that the church is supposed to be doing can get submerged beneath a corporate outlook. The Message becomes a logo. Outreach becomes a business wherein believers supply love in exchange for attendance, salvations, and baptisms, and are tempted to move on when they see no signs of a harvest.
Humility is not a contrived performance or a degrading of the self, but rather the attitude natural to those who act with empathy, compassion, and selflessness.
This verse reminds me that the temptation is always there – that there will always be a chance I might use God’s words to lend myself credibility, rather than use my life and my words to lend God credibility.
Let yourself dwell on the richness of the truth that, miles and miles and years and years removed from the bodily incarnation of Christ, we who believe without having witnessed these signs in person have had a special blessing spoken upon us.
If Frederick Buechner is correct that “the place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet,” then this blog satifies at least one half of the equation; writing is where I find my deep gladness and all of my joy. And there is nowhere I would rather be than right here.