Sunday, June 22, 2014

Jeremiah 20:7–13; Matthew 10:24–39

Fire in the bones. It’s a great metaphor for the passion of our youth, used to explain an unquenchable desire to give our lives to full-time ministry. Credentialing bodies were thrilled to hear our call stories, especially when we peppered them with scriptural references. These verses from Jeremiah offered solid punctuation to our naive declarations.

A few years into church work, we found ourselves tending to decisions about the carpet color for the church parlor or the appropriate chaperone-to-youth ratio for the upcoming ski trip. Worthy matters, but they lack the gravitas of Jeremiah’s encounters. Oh, to have adjudications that might get us thrown in a well!

 

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