Doing the Dishes

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The young monastic Shane Claiborne says, “Everybody wants to be a rebel but nobody wants to do the dishes.”That quote holds as much truth as anything I have heard or read in a very long time. I run into many people who want to change the world, but they lack full discernment when it comes to how many hours of work is required to implement one rebellious idea for the kingdom of God. Pause to reflect upon the lives of Sister Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela or whoever your favorite Spiritual rebel is. No rebel who changed the course of history for the better, failed to understand the importance of being a servant, one who “does the dishes.”

One of the masters in our culture right now on how to be a rebel-servant is Dr Reggie McNeal. We are blessed that Reggie will be preaching at GGCC this weekend and leading a workshop on Sunday afternoon. A core Bible passage for McNeal’s theology is Genesis 12:1,2 “ That we are each blessed by God to be a blessing to the world”. The mission God has placed before us is to bless others with the love of Jesus. Our task is not to save the world. The call we have been given is to love others as we have first been loved by God.

First, understanding that you are blessed by God in and of itself can be a radical and rebellious thought. Many of us too often do not feel very blessed or lovable. Know that you are a precious product of God's creation worthy of God's love and blessing. Second, we are offered the opportunity to partner with God in the world and share the message of God's love and blessings for all people. In a world where too many of us are rushing around feeling lost in the crowd, a well placed blessing has eternal echoes.

If you get a chance to read one of Dr McNeal’s books I highly recommend it. “THE PRESENT FUTURE” or “PRACTICING GREATNESS” or “ MISSIONAL RENAISSANCE”. He has authored others, but I highly recommend these three. If you can make it to GGCC to hear him preach this weekend or if you are able to attend the ministry workshop on Sunday afternoon, you will be blessed to be a fuller partner with God in blessing the world.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Marti wrote:
For some time I have been considered (and frankly felt puzzled by) Hebrews 5.8 "though He was a Son, He learned obedience by the things which He suffered." I am learning the truth of that experiencing ongoing difficult challenges, feeling more able to walk in obedience. If Jesus had to learn obedience, and that it came through suffering, why should it be different for me! My heart goes out today to those in our faith community who are "weary". Blessings!

Fri, April 23, 2010 @ 11:33 AM

2. Marti wrote:
I forgot to include the last comment... perhaps that's why we don't "do dishes" - we don't expect that as followers of Jesus we will suffer. (Jn. 16.33)

Fri, April 23, 2010 @ 11:36 AM

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