Tuesday, 6th Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 19:23-30

Prayer Pointers:

To see the closeness of God in your life

To rejoice in God’s righteousness

To be a blessing to your neighbors

THE YOUNG MAN’S QUESTION from yesterday hangs over this conversation. Recall how that went: a young man, morally upright, departs from Jesus sorrowfully because “he had many possessions.”

The disciples are thunderstruck at the implication. Their understanding, followed by all sorts of religious thinkers right down to this very moment is summarized as “the more moral I am, the more blessed I am.” Tending to money and wealth require a certain discipline, a certain set of habits: prudence, courage, thriftiness, and so forth—the kinds of things Ben Franklin is famous for noting. Such habits of head and heart are certainly not wrong, or bad, and the person of means is largely assumed to be adept at such things. Therefore, though none of them were rich, they are thinking in this way of moral behavior and conclude “if that guy, who clearly had his act together, is in trouble, then there is no chance for us!”

Here is where our Lutheran emphasis on the two kingdoms helps us understand our Lord’s point. We cultivate those virtues that make for a truly good life not for the sake of God, but for the sake of our neighbors. What need has God for our thrift, or our generosity? How can we pretend that we bring anything to God but what is already rightfully his, including our own lives? We find ourselves in that blessed realm not by our righteous habits or deeds, but by God’s gracious action; we “enter” his kingdom as children, with our hands reaching out. But our neighbors need our virtuous behavior—it is for their sake that we train ourselves to be trustworthy, kind, honorable, for the more moral we are, the more blessed they are.

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


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.