It all looks perfect and delightfully curated. A simple picture communicates having it all together: options, jobs, financial resources, and opinions. Each social media post drips with humble-bragging self-righteousness.
But we know better. We too are tempted to boast, tempted to show off the perfect response on social media, tempted to stretch the truth a bit to make ourselves look better, feel better, maybe even be better?
The psalmist reminds us that God is not impressed with our showboating. How does our posture model humility? Are our motives rooted in love? Are the words we speak or write coming from compassion? Are our eyes cleared by grace? Do we see as Jesus sees? On whom do we depend? In whom do we trust?
It would be easy to look away and ignore the realities that plague us and keep us from embracing this journey into a more Christlike life. It would be easy to fall into the trap of using social media harmfully. It would also be easy to simply walk away and not engage the world of social media at all. Yet the hope of life in God is the hope of Spirit-led awareness that leads us into continued transformation.
Today as you browse through social media feeds, remember to live humbly, trust in God, practice gratitude, and surround yourself with community. These pieces of luggage are the perfect ones for the justice journey.
God, help us not be distracted by the appearances of others; instead, help us grow in deeper awareness of our need for your grace. Amen.
This reading from Amos provides more indication of the reasons for God’s coming judgment. Too many in Israel have been oppressing the poor. They cannot wait for religious festivals to end so that they can make more money through corrupt trade, including what we now call human trafficking. If we understand the psalmist to be David, the warning he issues in this passage concerns Saul. Because Saul has turned to evil, God will not allow him to remain in power. While God is love, God also sometimes brings judgment. The author of Colossians extols the elevated status of Christ, who has reconciled us to himself through his death. In Luke, Mary prioritizes spending time with Jesus, while Martha focuses on working for Jesus. It is Mary who receives Jesus’ praise.
Read Amos 8:1-12. Who in your community has been left behind? How can you care for them?
Read Psalm 52. How do you remain rooted in God’s steadfast love when you cry out against injustice?
Read Colossians 1:15-28. What do you need to let fall away to reveal the mystery of Christ in you?
Read Luke 10:38-42. How do you focus on Christ even as you attend to the necessary tasks of daily life?
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