The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
. . .Feed my sheep. . .
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
I’m always amazed at how seemingly unrelated verses can so easily come together when reading the Bible. Leviticus 2 and 3 discuss the rules and regulations of lifting up a grain or animal offering to the Lord. These two short chapters are steeped in rules; as a New Testament follower and a member of the 21st century “progressive” Christian movement, I know that most of the members of my immediate Christian community have put aside ceremony, rules, and regulations almost entirely. We fear legalism as the manner in which we lose sight of God as our Father, friend, confidant and confessor. But what fascinates me is that ceremony is not all negative. Used appropriately and when in relationship with God, it can be a way for us to focus on what we are doing and how much weight we put to the things that we do in His name. I’m certainly not arguing that rules and regulations as part of our “religious” experience are necessary. I’m simply asking you to consider whether there are areas of your life in which you may want to concertedly set aside time, develop a process, or create a routine that will bring you closer to God and put yourself in a place where you specifically block out the outside influences of the world to offer your self, your time and your energy up to God because not only is He our Father, confessor, and protector but He is first and foremost our Master. And this role is one that I find many of us do not focus upon.
Our Lord is a strong tower; He never abandons us. But He served us so immensely first by sending His son who was the ultimate Servant Leader. I’m astounded when I read John 21 and take in how, upon His third interaction with His disciples after His death, Jesus prepared a meal for them. He served first. He served humbly. He served without complaint. The ultimate King of Kings served, served and served again. And He asked us to feed His sheep. All we are, all we have, all we do belongs to Him. We are His servants and above all else, He is our Master. We are to feed His sheep. As Easter is upon us, and we remember His servitude, while we deal with family dinners, church services, Easter egg hunts, and making sure the Easter Bunny arrives on time and without disappointment, are you setting time aside to serve the one most deserving? Have we set Him aside as the absolute most important, first focus of our lives? Where do we each need to change our lives to make sure that we are serving Him totally and sacrificially? There is nothing easy about it. There is nothing comfortable about it. The reward is amazing though. Today, on this amazing Easter Sunday, rejoice in our Savior’s resurrection. . .and let’s feed His sheep!
Karen S. (guest on 66 Books)