Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14
Jeremiah's Leter to the Exiles/ Christ the King Sunday
Nov. 26, 2017
4Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
The prophet Jeremiah is bringing a word of hope, a word of encouragement and a word of challenge to the Israelites who are in exile. That same word of hope, encouragement and challenge are for us today. We have been created, children of God and we have a purpose. God calls us to care for and love one another. In this scripture, the Israelites have been exiled to a land and live among people with different customs and different faith. God calls them to care for their neighbor, to get to know their neighbor, to work for common good together.
In the world we live in today, there are people with different customs, different beliefs, different everything. But we are all still neighbors, and we are called to care about the welfare of the other. It is hard, because the other doesn’t always care for our welfare and we live in an age that thinks that isn’t fair. And if it isn’t fair, then why should I have to do more than others do? If we all continue to have that mindset, the world will not get better, it will only get worse, as we spiral into a world that is only about me and what I get out of it.
So how do we change the world? One conscious decision at a time. One prayer at a time. One act of caring at a time. How are you going to answer the call? God bless you as you cling to the hope, the encouragement and the challenge God has for us all, remembering that if we seek God, we will find God when we seek him with our whole heart. Peace and Joy in Christ,