Some pastors bring me great joy. Erik Gernand is one of them.
He may be the smartest man I know (because he married my daughter), but he is also my pastor.
Today’s guest blog post is longer than usual but well worth the read. It is a parable.
A few Sundays ago, I shared a parable with our church as the message. To begin, I explained that I had been thinking a lot lately about culture, community, and the state of the church in America, which had led me to a particular passage of Scripture.
“After I read the Scripture, I’d like to share a parable with you,” I said. “Then, we’ll receive communion.”
I read Galatians 6:1-5,9-10 aloud from The Message:
Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
Then, I began the parable.