Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Opus 2012-45, Spiritual Gifts: Who Me?

At our men’s Bible study on Saturday I received a valuable insight.  We were studying the beginning of John 13.  Jesus is washing the disciples’ feet and teaching about servanthood.

I am not gifted in mercy, helps or service.  I really get tired of helping people who are always in need because of what looks to me to be poor planning, bad habits or just plain laziness.  That is not the insight.  A couple of the men present are loaded with the gifts of service and helps.  One of them said something to the effect that there were times when he really did not want to help some people because they did not deserve it. 

I was surprised and asked him if I had heard him correctly.  He said, “Yes, at times it is really hard to help people.”  That was a valuable insight to me.  If merciful people feel that way, I am not so weird.  Of course I need to realize that should not be an excuse for me to not help.  That is another lesson I need to learn. 

Just because I don’t have a gift does not mean I don’t have a responsibility.

It was a morning well spent.

homo unius libri


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.