Tuesday, June 12, 2007

To Whom Much is Given...

Every Saturday after services, my congregation has a community meal. We all bring dishes and everybody goes through a buffet-style line and stock our plate full of wonderful homemade Israeli dishes and the most delicious bagels you've ever eaten. Trying to carry your full plate and find a seat reminds me a little of the high school cafeteria. Except, here, everyone is nice to you and you can sit anywhere there is a seat open and not worry about being an one of the cool kids.

After the meal last week I was speaking with a friend of mine who is also a small business owner and he said one sentence in passing that has molded my thinking for this week. "To whom much is given, much is required." We could all probably debate for hours the different ways this phrase applies (or could/should) apply in our lives. But, for me it made me wonder if I'm doing enough for His Kingdom. These are some questions I've been asking myself:

1. Am I witnessing enough? This would include both verbally and through my actions and choices.

2. Am I spending enough time in prayer? I know, at least for me, the answer is probably no.

3. Do I know the Word well enough? 2 Samuel talks about not letting God's words fall to the ground. Am I just reading through the Bible like its a text in a history course? Or, am I internalizing God's word so that the Holy Spirit (today's trivia--Holy Spirit in Hebrew is "Ruach HaKodesh" :)) can call it up when I am witnessing or making choices/decisions (see #1)

At least for me, I think I sometimes think of all the things God says I should be doing and then think that's good enough. But, this sentence has really made me think about the actual relationship formed with Yeshua (triva #2, Hebrew for Jesus).

In other news, I found an awesome sale with 18 months no interest so I bought the Nikon D40 I've been wanting for months. I really haven't used it yet except to photgraph some of the girls. I'm hoping to go picture taking tomorrow at the lake, and post some then.

Hugs,love and chihuahua kisses


At 9:03 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

you should check out bible study fellowship to get a really good study of the bible. it's very bible intensive and they want you to form your own thoughts about it before you hear other's commentary on it. go to www.bsfinternational.org/Distinctives/tabid/68/Default.aspx. they have monday night classes. i go to a tuesday morning class, but since you work full time, you probably would need to go to the night class.

At 4:49 AM, Blogger mar said...

I admire people with strong religious feelings.


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