Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others by Scot McKnight (Part 5)

Points from Chapters 8 and 9: (my paraphrases)

Our reputation with others is not important; what matters is who we are with God. An example given was Joseph, earthly father of Jesus. He struggled with what to do with Mary when he discovered she was pregnant. His reputation was important to him, but he followed God and sacrificed that reputation to obey God and marry her. (Chapter 8)

Each of us is called by God to "bloom where we are planted" (not from this book, but it sums it up)---we have a vocation, a calling, and we are to do God's bidding there to the best of our ability.For some it is homeschooling their own kids; others, it is construction work; for others, it is painting houses (etc....). Whatever it is, we are to be ambassadors of Christ. Example from the text: Mary, mother of Jesus: her vocation was rearing Jesus and his siblings. (Chapter 9)