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Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8: 13 - 24

When I was little and young, I enjoyed going to the dentist for two reasons. First, I was blessed with liking to brush my teeth thoroughly; I had (maybe) seven cavities total before I was an adult. Second reason was that the dentist’s office always had the Highlights children’s magazine. I loved doing the ‘Hidden Pictures’ game; along the way it taught me to be aware of things that might not be self-evident.

Some lessons take a while to learn, though. I was well into my adult years, even after being raised in church, before I came to understand that church was not something to just attend, but rather was to be attended to. In other words, church and my Christian life was not to be confined just to Sunday mornings between 8:30 and Noon.

As we have discussed previously, the word in Hebrew for worship (pronounced shaw-khaw) also suggests obedience. Now, what is the opposite of worship/obedience? Well, if we are not obeying God, then we are sinning and committing apostasy (turning away from God.) The Hebrew word for adultery (pronounced naw-af) also translates as apostasy. So, let us pursue and follow the advice of the Psalmist: “Search for the Lord and for His strength, continually seek Him.” Psalm 105: 4 NLT

“David, that’s all well and good, but what does that have to do with today’s lesson?” Well, this is like my story about ‘Hidden Pictures’; occasionally, there were items that were hidden so well that they were very difficult to find.

In the Book of Exodus, the story of God’s provision of manna is told and Paul quotes from the Scripture in this week’s lesson: “Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough.” When did the Israelites gather manna? When did they not gather? Why?

Through Communion, we as Christians are called to share The Bread of Life. His body was broken for us. In a previous letter to the church at Corinth, Paul shared his insight into Communion: 1 Corinthians 11: 23. -  34. I see a correlation between this Scripture and the Scripture we are studying. I see and hear a calling to follow Christ daily. It is not an easy call, but then again – there is nothing in Scripture that indicates that life is fair or should be convenient.

My challenge to you is to ponder how you worship and obey God from Monday through Saturday. Obvious church-related activities do not count (ex: Thrift Store or Food Pantry or the Meal ministries or writing a blog) Look for your hidden worship. Where is it that you hear God’s still small voice calling out, “Follow Me!”? Where is God challenging each of us?

It is for that reason that I chose the focus Scripture this week to be: “We are traveling together to guard against any criticism for the way we are handling this generous gift.” 2 Corinthians 8: 20 NLT. I see this scripture as the Vision Statement and guiding principle of this Covenant group.

Amen.

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