What I’m Reading Today: Luke 7:1-35
As Americans living in the 21st Century, many of us have grown accustomed to a culture that allows us to profess one set of priorities and values with our lips and another set with our lives.
We can say, for instance, that family is the most important thing to us. And yet when it comes to spending time with our family, they may get only the time that’s been left over after every other commitment in our life has been tended to.
Or – as a people – we Americans might say that children are our most precious resource. And yet if you looked at the pay scale for those who work in child care centers taking care of our children, you’ll find that most of them are paid much less than those who take care of our cars.
As long as we say the right thing, many of us feel as if we get a free ticket to live our lives in a completely different manner. There is one force in our lives, however, that doesn’t allow us to get away with such duplicity.
He has an amazing way of exposing those differences between our professed values and our lived realities. In this morning’s passage from Luke, for instance, Jesus culminated his teaching by saying: “Opinion polls don’t count for much, do they. The proof of the pudding is in the eating” (The Message).
If someone were to examine your life today – scouring over things such as your daily calendar or your checkbook – what would they learn about you and the way you invest your resources such as your time and money? What proof might they find in your pudding?
Til next time…