Monday, Fourth Week of Easter April 26, 2021

Prayer Pointers:

That the Church would be fruitful in the midst of a fallen world

For farmers and others who work the soil

Today’s text: Luke 6:1-11

THE SABBATH WAS A particular bone of contention between Jesus and his opponents. The Pharisees, a group born out of the Jews’ struggle against foreign customs and culture which eroded loyalty to Jewish life and practice, were worried that Jesus was teaching others to discount, even disregard the Sabbath. Jesus, by contrast, was focused on the purpose of Sabbath—it was to give life, to be the wellspring of spiritual fruitfulness and openness to God. Jesus pushed back against the laws, rules and customs that had grown up to "protect" the Sabbath. These many rules obscured the purpose of Sabbath and made it more about the “work” the person did rather than the blessing that flowed from discovering God’s care whenever the person rested.

We, part of a culture that worries about “wasting time” and “being efficient,” should be careful about how we think to wring fruitfulness from the things of God by our effort. Machines work, but they are not fruitful; only living things can bring forth fruit, which often come in the moment of rest, in the moment when nothing seems to be happening at all.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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