Summary: In God’s kingdom here on earth, we are called to labor in loving service to make a difference.
FROM THE MOUNTAIN TO THE MISSION
Text : Luke 9:28 - 43
Someone (Barbara Klassen) tells the story about her “ ... great-great uncle who lived to the ripe old age of 106. He was healthy and spry and took joy in chauffeuring his less able-bodied senior friends around town. On his 100th birthday his driver’s license came up for renewal. When he went to the licensing Bureau, the skeptical clerk said, “You’re 100 years old! What do you need a driver’s license for?” ... [Her] uncle completely, nonplussed, replied, “Somebody has got to drive the old folks around!” He continued to have a legal driver’s license for the next five years.”
(Edward K. Rowell and Bonne L. Steffen ed. Humor For Preaching And Teaching. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1996, p. 152). We find humor in this story when an older person calls his peers old folks. Another thing that we find in this story is what seems to be the story of a man who never quit serving others.
Someone (Zan Holmes) reminds us of our marching orders as Christians: "Christianity is a come-and-go affair. We come up to the mountain, but we must go back down again. We come to worship, but we must go to serve." (Raymond McHenry. ed. McHenry’s Quips, Quotes And Other Notes. [Source: Author’s files]. Third Printing. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2004, p. 38). We enter church on Sunday morning to worship and we are supposed to depart to serve. We live in a world where people would rather enjoy the leisure of some things instead of the necessity and the mandate to labor for other things. In God’s kingdom here on earth, we are called to labor in loving service to make a difference. We are called to share in Jesus’ ministry by preaching the good news to the poor, the prisoners, the oppressed not just with our lips, but also by the way we live.
THE MOUNTAIN TOP
Who does not like to be on top of the world? We all have ambition that drives us to do our best and be our best. When I was a kid we used to playa a game called the king of the mountain. We usually played this game on a small hill. The object was this---whenever you got to the top of the mountain [small hill] you would push away all those who were seeking to become the next king of the hill. Consider ambition and its negative side. The Living Bible paraphrases Proverbs 27:20 like this: “Ambition and death are alike in this: neither is ever satisfied” (Proverbs 27:20 TLB). The New International Version translates Proverbs 27:20 like this: 20. “Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man” (NIV). The King James Version says: “Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied”. Summing up the meaning of Proverbs 27:20, from the different versions of the Bible, we can conclude that ambition and the unsatisfied eyes compare with, hell and destruction. The point is that we spend money for things that are not bread and labor for things that do not satisfy (Isaiah 55:2) when we choose other than God’s way to be filled and satisfied.