THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
FOOLISHNESS OF THE GOSPEL
Today’s gospel: Luke 6:20-26
The first is last. The greatest is the least. The leader is
servant. Such is the foolishness of the gospel. That is, to
people who are worldly in their thinking, who put on not the
mind of Christ but the mind of the world.
In this sermon on the plain, Jesus pronounces woe to the rich,
to those who are filled, to those who laugh, and to those
whom people speak well of (v.24-25). But those are precisely
the things people most desire! They want more money, more
satisfaction, more happiness, more recognition and acclaim.
Jesus pronounces as blessed those who are poor, hungry, weeping,
maligned (v.20-22). Jesus tells those hated, excluded, insulted
and denounced to rejoice, nay, to leap for joy! (v.22-23).
The fallen world may hate us, but hey, that says something
positive about us.
are we to make of all these?
the end of time there will be an overturning of fortunes.
The hungry will be satisfied while the filled will be hungry
(v.21a,25a). The weeping will laugh while those laughing now
will grieve (v.21b,25b). Who will have the last laugh? Who
will have the final fulfillment? It is those who seek God,
those who have nothing but God, those who witness to Jesus
and so are persecuted “on account of the Son of Man.”
(v.22d). And who will experience woe? Those who enjoy the
world, who pursue the things of the world, and in the process
neglect God and serving Him.
cannot serve God and mammon. The gospel is not the so-called
prosperity gospel, but the gospel of the cross. The world
entices, but such enticements and pleasures can be deadly.
Denial of self and embrace of the cross are the ways of following
Christ. We are in the world but not of it. We are set apart,
called to be holy.
of course can enjoy the good things, the blessings that come
from God. But we are to be careful that we do not allow the
enemy to cause us to lose focus and veer away. Keep your eyes
fixed on Jesus. Serve him and not yourself. Rejoice in the
happens to us in this life, we look not to the present world
but to the next. “Behold, your reward will be great
in heaven.” (v.23b).