Reading today’s lectionary readings (2 Corinthians 12: 1-10 and Matthew 6: 24-34) we should be struck at how counter-cultural the message of Christ is, especially for us who are from the US.
“When I am weak, then I am strong.” – But we must be strong, armed to the teeth.
“You cannot serve God and money.” – But we strive to accumulate, to have more and more.
“You are worth more than many sparrows.” – But I have to prove myself or I am worth nothing.
“Set your hearts first on the Reign of God and God’s justice…” – But I am an ‘American.’
We all have a value that is not dependent on what we have or what we do. We all have our weaknesses, as Paul noted, but God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.
The Providence of God, God’s care for us, is not dependent on what we do – on our strengths. God uses both our strengths and our weaknesses if we set our hearts on the justice of God.
As one friend once said, “God loves us as we are but loves us to much to let us stay where we are.”
God calls us to be “more.”