Deut 32:28-52, Luke 12:35-59, Psalm 78:56-64, Prov 12:24

Blessed is that servant whom his master will find at work when he arrives.

We are now in our fourth month of reading through our Scripture. A conversation with someone from church this week helped remind me that reading  Scripture is hard. Our story is messy, violent, and often one step forward followed by two steps back. As much as our Bible is a story of God, it is also a story of humanity. Maybe better said, it is a collection of 66 different stories compiled of God and humanity.  As I had a wonderful discussion with another pastor in Dunn Bros earlier this week, Scripture is not a story of the way things were, but a story that helps us understand the way things are and can be.

Luke today at first glance is harsh. But if we look at the surrounding text, I think what makes it hard is the reality that I don’t like it and don’t want to abide. I like putting things off until tomorrow. My best work is the night before something is due. I can even procrastinate procrastinating. Yet I know that being prepared is the right way. I agree that the work that I am considering putting off I should just get over with. And I should eat my vegetables. I don’t have to like it, but when I do follow this advice, I find everything is in better order and more satisfying.

So rather than being mad at Jesus for not liking what today’s reading says, I will look in the mirror and try harder tomorrow. Blessed are all of us as servants as we continue to help make one another better. Let’s keep walking.