Isaiah 49:14-15, Psalm 62, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34
You have to read the texts for this weeks lectionary very closely, because you can misunderstand the underlying subtext. The theme through all of these is that “God will never forget us.” The Matthew text is probably the one with which we are most familiar, the passage about worrying. We spend so much of our time focusing on things that will never happen that we miss the moments that are occurring. And Jesus is not telling us to face life with wild abandon, but with the courage that God is in all things. We do have to plan for the future, but we are assured that God is already in our future. Neither regret or preoccupation are to be guiding force in our life, but the faith that God’s grace goes before us and we are to be secure in that. But it is the Corinthians text from Paul that speaks to us the most – “we are servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” We are not to be concerned with how others judge us or see us, but how our relationship with God guides our life. Will others see us as the emissary of God? God values and will not forget us, and that should be what directs our life.