This Sunday’s messages are all kicked off by one of the most depressing half verses in the Bible, “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army” (2 Samuel 11:1a NIV). It is only depressing if you know the rest of the story of David but this little half verse is the beginning of all that goes wrong for David and the people of Israel. From here on there is adultery, murder, death and chaos; all of which would have been avoided if David had been doing what he was supposed to be doing.
Knox Presbyterian Are we doing what we are supposed to be doing?
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Are we doing what we are supposed to be doing?
The basic idea behind what I was trying to communicate was this: when we choose to do what we are supposed to do we simultaneously and without any work at all choose not to do anything else. If we choose to go to work we simultaneously choose not to lay around the house, etc.
Needless to say this is nothing too revolutionary but it is one of those things that it is good to be reminded of now and then. The only new-ish thing I added is that it is important to remember that doing what we are supposed to be doing is more than simple actions, it includes our thoughts and beliefs too. If we believe lies about ourselves or God we will have nothing but problems but if we believe the truth about ourselves and God we will be able to be the people we were created to be and do the things we were created to do.
I trust this week, or whenever you listen to one or both of these sermons, you will be well aware of how much you are loved by God and how vital you are to Him and to you community . . . all of your communities.
- Date: July 29, 2012
- Liturgical Sunday: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
- RCL Scripture: Psalm 14; 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21
- Sermon Title: Are we doing what we are supposed to be doing?