Pastor's Corner: Doing, teaching, resting

Friday, August 10, 2012

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

This week at the Church of the Saintly Sinners (fictional church) we come to the most important meeting of the week. The place where all the major decisions are made, yes, it is coffee hour. There are three individuals in deep conversation about the most important aspect of a life of faith. These long time members each have their own passions.

- Martha: Our first task as disciples is to do. We need to be serving God and God's people through hands-on mission work. People just don't do enough for God.

- John: No. No. Our first priority should be teaching. Sunday school and weekly Bible Studies teach people the basics of the faith and help deepen their understanding of God.

- James: You've both got it wrong. Sabbath is about resting in God's presence. We don't emphasize enough our reliance on God. People are so busy they forget to take a day of Sabbath rest.

- Martha: What is the point of teaching if you aren't going to put those teachings into action? And Sabbath rest is okay, but you need to work before you rest.

- John: What is the point of doing if you don't know why you are doing something?

- James: What is the point of all this doing and teaching if we can't refresh our souls in the presence of God?

As they continued to passionately state their position on the matter a man leaned over to them and Jesus said to them, "Come, follow me. We will do great works for the kingdom of God, we will teach people about loving God and loving neighbor, and we will go away to a deserted place and rest in the presence of God.

Doing, teaching, and resting...Jesus did all three. We need to have a balance of these things in order to live out our faith to its fullest potential.