A Daily Dose of Good News
Friday, April 24, 2020
Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-16)
Discipline with the heart of Christ
In our last episode
Just 24 hours ago yesterday,
We were celebrate the work of the Spirit that compelled the witness
Not only of first-hand witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection
And all the witnesses after them,
But also the witness of the Jews and Prophets before Jesus.
The one’s whom the Holy Spirit compelled
To witness the promise of God to bless all nations through them
And send a messiah savior to inaugurate heaven’s kingdom on earth.
By their faithful witness, we draw a great inheritance
Which the Spirit seeks to invest in our own faithful witness,
The calling to which Peter writes in our Daily Dose of good news today.
Therefore prepare your minds for action;
Set all your hope on the grace
That Jesus Christ will bring you
When he is revealed.
As there is talk now about relaxing
Some of the orders to shelter during the pandemic,
Its my sense from reading and listening to
Leaders in medicine and science
That it’s going to take some discipline on our part.
We’re going to need to adjust.
The ways we interact with each other outside of our houses
In order to manage the COVID spread
Which is still very much among us.
And that passage today invites to engage that call to discipline
With the heart of Christ.
And as I am reading and listening,
It’s very clear that the path forward is not entirely clear.
There are varieties of perspective on how dangerous the virus is
And how strictly we should be limiting group activity
To help mitigate its spread.
In my mind then,
Approaching new disciplines with the heart of Christ
Calls us to be sensitive to those varieties of perspective,
And especially those different from our own.
If I’m not as concerned about effects of the virus,
One trip to the grocery is all I need
To realized others are quite concerned about.
And if I’m very concerned about the effect of the virus
And I see others less so,
I might keep my heart and mind open
To challenges of work or family or school that are different from mine.
We have a team of people now
Discerning the kind of discipline we will use around each other
As we anticipate gathering again at church
In the coming weeks or months.
Talk of masks and groups size and hand sanitizer and so on.
And at the core of that discernment will be
The grace of Christ Jesus
That has engaged us there for decades
And will do so now again for decades to come.
Back to 1 Peter:
As Jesus who calls you is holy,
Be holy yourselves in all your conduct;
“You are holy, because I am holy,” says the Lord.