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Weekly Moravian Message, October 2, 2016

World Communion Sunday

We Are All Servants

It is clear that the immediate hearers are not the servants mentioned in this passage. Thus, there is something about the truth of today’s Gospel, Luke 17:5–10, that makes us a little uncomfortable. Surely, we would rather that the servant should take care of our needs and then have his or her meal. It is always going to be that our needs will take priority over how the servant may feel.

However, the seemingly simple question of Jesus haunts us, especially on a day like today, as we focus on the one family that we have worldwide in Jesus Christ. It is where our Sunday family can be in conflict with our weekday family; and where, when the role is re-versed, we are not so sure after all.

Nevertheless, as part of the worldwide family of believers, we are all involved in representing and defining the gospel that we carry. We are all instruments in carrying this gospel of Jesus Christ; and thus, we are all servants. Therefore, it matters what kind of account we give of that gospel. It does not matter whether or not we like the role offered to us. We are being counted on to be faithful.

This one thing is clear from the Gospel: the blessing is in our effort to carry out faithfully whatever task is assigned to us. We are still required to do our duty. Therein is the blessing for the servant at whatever level. When we are more aware of this, everyone becomes friend and family—not just on World Communion Sunday, but at all times.

May God bless all of you!

Joe Nicholas, pastor, Prince of Peace Moravian Church, Miami, Florida

Moravian Daily Texts

12/16/2017

Saturday, December 16 — Psalm 144:1–4
Nahum 3; Habakkuk 1; Revelation 14:17–15:8

Woe to those who plan iniquity, because it is in their power to do it. Micah 2:1 (NIV)

Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” Mark 10:42–43

God of humanity and humility, teach us the way of gentleness. May we be servant leaders. May we overcome iniquity by the power of your love. Amen.

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