If We Are Disciples of the Gospel Our Lives Will Fittingly Reflect the Gospel

Feb 11, 2001
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Christian Life
Hymns: 2; 366(1,3-5); 439; 45
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear heavenly Father, I humbly come before You knowing that my life’s conduct is often everything but humble and is, instead, completely self-serving. Forgive my sins of selfish ambition and work in me the heart and mind of Jesus, my Savior, who for My sake offered Himself on the cross. So influence the hearts and minds of my fellow believers and me that we will stand fast in one spirit and purpose as we strive together for the Gospel and look out for the interests of one another. Bless us in worship today, I pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 25

First Reading: 

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Every thing we have and every ability we possess is from God. Nevertheless, it is natural (i.e. true to our sinful nature) to become self-absorbed in what we have and who we are. The Gospel teaches us a different course. Jesus is our example and He was anything but self-absorbed when He came to be our Savior. We truly have nothing in ourselves about which to boast. We do have MUCH in the Lord our Savior about which we can (and should) boast!

Second Reading: 

Luke 10:38-42

Mary and Martha both acted out of love for their Savior. Martha’s desire to serve her Lord was praiseworthy, but she allowed herself to become distracted by the service and lost sight of the Lord she was serving. Mary chose to cling to Jesus’ every word. The saving Word of Jesus—the Gospel—is our life and also what we want to have reflected in our lives through our everyday conduct.