5 November 2017

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love, break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you” Hosea 10:12

Welcome and thanks for joining us at church today. For those who are new, a particular welcome to you. Of course a big welcome back to our organist George and his new wife Claire (they were married last weekend). It was something that struck me in preparing for George and Claire’s wedding that I want to write about today.

As I said at the service, I like to give a couple a wedding verse. At George and Claire’s wedding it was Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves” For those of you who there you might remember that I had 3 points (i) look to yourself (ii) look to the other & (iii) look to Jesus.  I wondered about the order i.e.: whether I should say look to yourself first but I think it is right. We need to be people who begin by thinking about ourselves, soberly and carefully.

For most of us the ingrained method is to begin by looking at others. Taught since we were knee high, the prevailing wisdom is to think about others first. This of course leads to service, to other person centredness and to unselfishness. All seems good. The only problem is we can do all those things at the expense of our relationship with God through Jesus. In the passage for today Hosea writes ‘sow for yourselves righteousness’. It’s the same thought.  We need to begin with ourselves and ask am I sowing righteousness for myself, i.e.: a righteousness with God.

I was asked to read an article during the week about busyness.  It was an old article from the New York Times. The author wrote, “Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day” I wonder if that might not be right.  Hosea says it is time to seek the Lord.

So let’s start with ourselves. Not with what I want but with what I need. I need a living relationship with the Lord God. I need to know Jesus. I need to hear His word. Let us give up everything that hinders that from happening Why? because righteousness comes from Him. He has put us right with Him in Jesus. So how’s your sowing going?

God bless

Stuart