October 5th, 2006
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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Job’s suffering is a model for us, not just in his endurance
and its rewards, but in the quality of his passion for the presence
of God in his life. Job longed to see God, not just an end to his
suffering. He had a passionate faith that consumed him. The Psalmist
also calls the people of God to passionate and courageous faith.
To seek the presence of the Lord requires faith that we will experience
the Kingdom of God in our lives on this earth.
These lessons are helpful to us in building the character it takes
to be disciples. Jesus calls us to discipleship in the Gospel of
Luke today, to labor in his harvest. But before we can do that,
I think we first have to have a passionate belief that the bounty
and good things of the Lord are all around us to announce that ‘the
Kingdom of God is at hand.’ We have to be courageous to call
people to live a new life, to be a new creation. And, we have to
be passionate in our faith to live that way ourselves. The call
to discipleship is a call to a different way of life. It is witnessing
the good things of the Lord to others by bringing peace and healing
to the world.
Announcing that ‘the Kingdom of God is at hand’ can
be an overwhelming challenge. The needs are so great and not everywhere
do people seek peace and healing. Discipleship is a high calling,
but I don’t think it is meant for just a few. I think we can
all be disciples every day if even in a small way. We can demonstrate
peace and wholeness in our own lives. That’s all Jesus asks
of us. It doesn’t have to be grandiose. But it does have to
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