St. Paul Lutheran Church, Runge: Lord, help keep us focused on You
Sometimes the public can be proud of a person's accomplishments and yet feel jealous at the same time. That's human nature. If your friend won a coveted award, you would be glad for him, but probably a bit jealous too and perhaps even try to degrade him somehow. The Jews of Nazareth have a similar reaction to Jesus. In the Gospel lesson from Luke 4:21-30 we learn that they listen to him speak in the synagogue and "all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth." (v.22). But then they considered that he was just a hometown boy who was a carpenter's son and even though impressed with him, they suspect that Jesus is getting above himself and in the end try to run him out of town and off a cliff.
Fortunately, Jesus is affected by neither their praise nor their scorn. Concerned with his larger mission and busy about his Father's business, "he passed through the midst of them and went on his way".v. 30.
Where do you stand? Words of praise and wonder and general approval doesn't mean accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. That requires a personal commitment . Will you hail him as your Lord and Savior, or allow him to pass through the midst of them and go away? May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable to you, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Amen
Worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge are Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Pastor Randal Bruno is our minister.