When I first got married I imagined that Barb would appreciate grand surprises that would sweep her away from the regularities of life to weekend getaways. I was wrong! My lovely wife does not appreciate surprises – she prefers knowing what is coming up. At first this was somewhat of a disappointment because I like creating surprises.
But then an interesting thing happened as I got older. I needed to acknowledge that I don’t care much for most surprises either. I much prefer being able to plan and process things based on my time frames. If it is something that is good – well, then I want to anticipate it, picture it in my mind and simply look forward to the event.
Another area of my life that makes me think of surprises is my time at Oak Hill. There are many times when Natalie is deep in thought and I burst into her office causing her to almost pass out. I don’t think she enjoys when out of nowhere her world is suddenly invaded with an unexpected boisterous request from her “never-ending problem solving pool of great feats for Nick.”
If you can relate to unwanted jolts to your system of living life, then this week’s passage for Sunday is for you. In Luke 12-13 Jesus is calling people to watchfulness, worry removal and repentance. He wants us to live our lives both in God’s kingdom while at the same time living significant lives during our brief earthly years.
In Luke 13.1-9 we see Jesus being very clear with us. Be prepared because your days are limited. Don’t keep living your lives as if God isn’t real. Don’t keep ignoring God’s invitation to enjoy his love and ways. The Almighty Creator is not trying to sneak up and catch you off guard. He has been calling to you every day of your life in the glory of creation and in the cries of your heart.
Today is the day!
It is the day to turn toward God instead of trying to go on your own.
It is the day to trust God’s ways instead of continually ending up at dead ends.
It is the day to celebrate the love of God that came to you in all that Jesus delivered.
It is the day to find all you have ever truly needed was there all along – your soul is filled to overflowing in God and in God alone.
Jesus words are both confrontational in Luke 13 as well as invitational. It is a call to live a life that bears fruit. In God’s kingdom fruit is made up of things like love, faith, hope, justice, mercy and joy. Let’s both produce this fruit for others as well as enjoy it ourselves.
Have a surprisingly expected day in God’s Kingdom,
Pastor Nick Mundis