Psalm 19; Exodus 19:1–9a; 1 Peter 2:4–10

Trust is a scarce commodity. True . You and I that the person approaching the intersection will stop, but we’ve all had enough experience to undermine that (we even might be the reason we are this way at intersections).

All our actions operate on . In general, we “” for two reasons, (1) cultural training, (2) “enlightened” self-interest. We are culturally trained to people during transactions, though when lawyers are involved, maybe we don’t (no offense intended if you’re a lawyer). “Enlightened” self-interest really means that most people won’t do majorly wrong things out of fear of getting caught with the consequences.

The sad truth is that often our in and of God is the same. We God insofar as we think of God’s “enlightened” self-interest. If you read that aloud, you might have detected a note of scorn or sarcasm. It certainly is there, but it is self-aimed rather than God-aimed.

As we are human and much of our interaction, , and expectation of the world is based upon our experience, how could we not dangerously put God in the same spot as our fellow humans? Immediately, you might be saying, “not me!” Most of the time indeed it probably isn’t you.

It is the times that it is you (or me or anyone) that we need to examine openly with grace. As much as we often want to overlook our es, it is those es that make Christ a stumbling block even for his followers.

“…they refuse to believe in the word.” The Word is Jesus. Jesus is God. Perhaps the harsher truth is that we the Word as much as we the world.

※Reflection※

  • Whom do you ? Why? When have they betrayed the ? How did you (and your relationship with them) move beyond the betrayal?
  • Do you God more than you the world?

※Prayer※

Lord, is endangered in and by the world. Help our in you to be strengthened beyond all measure and exceed our dis so that it is no more. Amen.

Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at