In our Gospel passage this week, the word “life” is repeated at least 5 times depending on the translation. Jesus is giving us the key to life along with the facts of life. God has abundance, but we still fear scarcity. The key to gaining true riches, Jesus says, is to be abundantly generous in giving to those whose needs are greater than our own, and there is always someone in greater need.
5 points about life:
1. Life is not about the stuff we have
2. Life is more than food and clothes
3. Life is wasted when we worry
4. Life is for seeking God and His Kingdom
5. Life follows what we treasure
“Show me a generous person and I’ll show you someone who truly trusts God and knows all things come from him.”
Mike and Julia Anne McCord have a passion to see lives transformed by the translation of God’s Word. Church of the Apostles sent them out as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators more than 35 years ago. After 25 years of working in Africa, the McCords moved to Dallas in 2010 to work with Seed Company, which is an affiliate of Wycliffe US. Mike trains and mentors people to support locally led Bible translation projects around the world. Julia Anne benefited from his training and now supports Bible translation projects in Uganda. Mike also trains local church leaders and Bible translators to help their people traumatized by violence. Mike and Julia Anne’s travel in these roles is filling up their passports! Their three adult children — Sarah, Katie, and Steve — all live in the US but travel internationally for work and pleasure. Most recently, the whole family went to Australia to celebrate Sarah’s marriage to her Australian-born husband.
Jesus makes it clear that our neighbors are not just those we love, not just those who believe as we believe and behave as we behave. They are the ones our world, culture, and even family tells us to despise because of their differences.
Love thy neighbor.