Scriptures for September 12th: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14:1-7; I Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10 Theme: God wants us to repent, not from fear of punishment, but in celebration of grace.
Jeremiah: The weather is about to change, fall is on it’s way. One of the sure ways to know that fall is here, is to listening to the wind. As the weather gets harsher, the winds get stronger. The air gets a little colder. If you listen closely to the impending winds, they can say a lot. Jeremiah is saying that as the fall winds come, they are a warning from God, that judgment is coming. This is not an ordinary wind, it is a little stronger because it needs to get your attention. That it is time for something to change inside of you.
Luke: The gospel lesson is a perfect compliment to the Hebrew bible text. Jesus too talks about judgment. But he adds one important ingredient – that is grace. We are all sinners, when we sin we are lost to God. Just as we celebrate when we find something, the angels of God celebrate when we realize the errors of our ways. Notice that in each case of something being lost the owner throws a party when it is found. We come together every Sunday to celebrate that we are sinners, but never truly lost to God.
Questions: As fall approaches, what changes need to be made in your life? What habits and beliefs have we become so used to, that we have forgotten? Does realizing our sin stop the consequences of what it about to happen? Who do you know in your life who is lost? What do you need to do to make sure that they are found? How are you planning to celebrate?