총 게시물 470건, 최근 2 건

Let us suffer the losses gladly!

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-02-20 (화) 08:54 조회 : 219
설교일 : 2018.02.18
설교자 : Rev. K.L. Shin
본문말씀 : Luke 10:1-20

February 18, 2018

 

Let us suffer the losses gladly!

Luke 10:1-6, 17-20

 

Rev. Kyung Lim Shin’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

The Lent season has begun since last Wednesday. Lent is the period of time for our penitence when we are getting ready to welcome Easter. By spending this period meaningfully, Easter will be more meaningful to us. Otherwise, Easter will be just another annual celebration to us. I hope and pray that for the next 6 weeks, all of us will reflect upon ourselves honestly and repent our sins and go through dying with Jesus and getting resurrected with Jesus.

 

During Lent, we remember the sufferings of Jesus and His death on the cross by denying ourselves and repentance of our sins. Jesus endured the sufferings and humiliation for our sake and by dying on the cross, He bestowed us a new life. To Him who have given us the eternal life, what should we offer? What would He want to receive?

 

One day Lord Jesus appointed seventy two men and sent them out two by two ahead of Him ‘to every town and place where He was about to go. This was the biggest send-off of Jesus’ ministry. He seemed to have planned this very systemically, unlike His usual method of operation. Sending them out, He told them, “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” How could He send lambs out among wolves? Wouldn’t they be torn or killed by the wolves? But here Lord Jesus was sending His men who were like lambs among the wolves.

 

When our son was a senior in High School, he went on a trip to Europe. His trip was well organized and chaperoned by his teachers. But I did not feel comfortable to send him to Europe for the first time without me. My worries were intensified, as we got nearer to the airport. I kept asking him, “Do you have enough money? Do you want more? Is the calling card with you? How about Tylenol? Did you pack enough clothing?” Finally, he couldn’t take it anymore and burst out with “MOM!!” and then I had to stop talking.

 

I think Lord Jesus could have felt the same emotion as I did when He was sending His disciples out to every town ahead of Him. But His actions were the opposite of my actions. Unlike me, He didn’t ask them if they had all the necessary and emergency provisions, but asked them not to take any purse or bag or sandals with them. What Jesus expected from His disciples was different from what we would expect from this world. Even though He was sending them out among the wolves, He did not equip them to fight the wolves, or to gain a victory over them as tigers or lions. He could have done it easily, but He did not want us to become like the wolves, nor defeat them by force for our successes and gains. He wants our identity to remain as His lambs, just like His own identity. Therefore, we should do our best to imitate Lord Jesus.

 

How do we the Christians live our lives in the world? Do we act like wolves, or like lambs? Aren’t we trying to be the stronger and more powerful wolves? Aren’t we trying to be shrewder than other wolves to attain more successes?

 

I want to share one episode of mine when I visited Turkey a few years ago with some members of the Congress in charge of U.S. policies related to Turkey. I wanted to find out about the current state of missions in Turkey from our Korean missionaries, so I headed to Izmir first. I would really like to share with you in detail what I heard from them about their mission experiences in Turkey. My plan had been to go directly to Ankara, the capital of Turkey, after meeting them in Izmir, but I changed my plan, as I had such a strong desire to visit Capadocia region, the well-known holy place for Christian pilgrimage. I contacted a tourist agency in Capadocia and pre-paid for a transportation and an English speaking guide for my visit to Capadocia. Ignorance can make you extra brave, and I was a prime example of it, when I boarded a night bus to Capadocia. All night long the bus drove on with only Turkish announcements at every station. Without knowing where I was, nor how long the bus was stopping at that station, I couldn’t get anything to eat nor take a bathroom break. I kept showing my ticket to others to ask for their help in getting off the bus at the right station. Finally I arrived at my destination and got to the tourist agency. When I found out that the transportation was ready, but without any English speaking guide, I was so stunned and disgusted that I couldn’t think straight. How difficult the overnight bus trip had been, and I still have to take that bus again to get to Ankara! And I may never have another chance to visit Capadocia again! What could I learn without an English speaking guide! And I pre-paid for a guide already! After my outbursts of rage and accusations, an English-speaking guide was provided. I was thrilled with my victory, but soon I began to feel really uncomfortable.

 

By my desire to see the caves where early Christians had lived to escape from extreme persecutions, those at the tourist agency must have figured out that I was a devout Christian, and I should not have been so forceful in my demands to get what I had paid for. I came all the way to this Christian holy site and acted like an unbeliever. It was very difficult for me to concentrate on what the guide was saying because of my remorse, and then the words of an elder in the Washington Korean Church came to my mind.

 

At that time I had gone to visit the Native American reservation of Hopi and Navajo tribes with more than ten people from our church. We had gone there to explore the possibility of future mission activities. At the marketplace in the Hopi village, we saw some crafts and small clay pieces made by them and began to examine those pieces carefully to buy. Then, we heard one elder and his wife having an argument. She complained that he was insisting to buy a chipped vase for $20, and she wanted to buy a regular un-chipped vase for that much money. His reason for insisting to buy the chipped vase was, “If we don’t buy this, they will never be able to sell this piece.” After hearing his explanation, all of us felt ashamed of our shrewd and practical way of shopping for the best value.

 

I will never forget how I felt ashamed of myself at Capadocia. I still remember how remorseful I was at that time.

 

The way of wolves is never to suffer any losses, but to try their best to gain more for them, no matter how much others had to lose. But Lord Jesus wants us to live the life of lambs. How can we live as lambs in this tough world where we may lose everything in an instant, if not careful? How could Jesus expect us to live like lambs without equipping us with the strength of a tiger or a lion? But, we have to obey His will, even if we don’t like it, as He gave up His life for our sake. How can we not comply with His request, after what He did for us? We do not want to be ungrateful to Jesus, even though we cannot give up our life for Him. Shouldn’t we do our best to obey His commands, at least during the Lent season?

 

Chapter 6 of Luke has the detailed instructions of Lord Jesus for all of us, before He sent out his seventy-two men.

 

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.

Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

 

If you love only those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.

And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.

And if you lend to those from whom you expect payment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners’, expecting to be repaid in full.

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

 

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

 

Every phrase, every clause touches our heart and pricks our conscience to remember and observe it. In summary, we should do good to those who hate, curse, mistreat us. We should treat them extra well, for If you love only those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.” Jesus’ core message is that we, His people, should do better and more for others than other people do.

 

Most of us are mistaken in believing that as long as we do not hurt others intentionally, we are doing all right. This is not what Jesus had in mind for us to do. The parable of the rich man and the poor beggar Lazarus is a good example. Lazarus lived at the gate of the rich man’s house and longed to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. When the time came for the rich man to die, he was put in hell and tormented. What did he do wrong? Didn’t he allow Lazarus to stay at his gate, even though he was covered with sores and dogs came to lick his sores? He could have called police to evict Lazarus, but he continued to let him live there and eat the crumbs from his table, and why did this rich man end up in hell? Jesus’ message is that ‘it is not enough for us not to do harm to others and not to commit any big crime’. By the standard of wolves, perhaps that may be sufficient, but it is not enough by the standard of lambs.

 

What Jesus wants and expects us to do is that to turn the other cheek also, to give our tunic as well as our cloak, to give everything and not to expect anything in return. In other words, we should suffer the losses gladly. Also we should do good to our enemies, bless those who curse us, and pray for those who mistreat us. This means we should live like fools, like losers. We don’t like these instructions from Jesus and don’t want to live in this way, but that is what we should do for Jesus who died for us, no matter how difficult it is.

 

Now, here is this unexpected outcome! The seventy-two who had been sent out among the wolves returned with joy and told Jesus that even the demons submitted to them. Jesus expressed His agreement; “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Even though they were expected to lose like fools, these disciples acting like lambs triumphed over the demons as well as the wolves, and made Satan fall like lightning. Righteousness will prevail, it will always prevail; that is God’s promise to us and He has shown countless examples in human history.

 

During this Lent season, let us suffer our losses gladly and bravely! We are not really losing, it is part of our strategy of becoming the lambs of Jesus. Before leaving this service, before leaving this sanctuary, let us select what kind of loss we will choose to suffer for the Lord. What are you giving up for this Lent? Let us be brave in our decision to give up something important for the Lord, and be prepared to suffer the losses, inside of the church and outside, at your workplace, or on the streets. All of us should embark on our ‘Operation to be like Lambs’ during this Lent, and believe in the final victory of our Lord and of His righteousness!!

 


   

총 게시물 470건, 최근 2 건
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470 2018.06.17  The Clumsy Love 1 John 4:7-12 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
469 2018.06.17  서투른 사랑 요한1서 4장 7~12절 신경림 목사
468 2018.06.10  눈물의 다짐 열왕기하 18장1~6절 권태홍 목사
467 2018.06.10  Our Tearful Pledges 2 Kings 18:1-6 Rev. Kwon
466 2018.06.03  "God is the one who does all the work!" Numbers 13:25-33 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
465 2018.06.03  하나님이 하십니다! (민수기 13:25-33) 민수기 13장 25~33절 신경림 목사
464 2018.05.27  삼위일체 하나님 요한복음 14장 10~17절 배세진 목사
463 2018.05.27  God of the Trinity John 14:10-17 Rev. Se Jin Bae
462 2018.05.20  A MEANING OF PENTECOST Acts 2: 1-21 Charles Boayue, Jr. 감리사님
461 2018.05.13  The Source of Miracles John 6:3-14 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
460 2018.05.13  기적의 근원 요한복음 6장 3~14절 신경림 목사
459 2018.05.06  The Most Precious Inheritance Proverbs 22:6 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
458 2018.05.06  가장 소중한 유산 잠언 22:6 신경림 목사
457 2018.04.29  The Acts of Apostles is still being written Acts 1:8 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
456 2018.04.29  사도행전은 지금도 쓰여지고 있습니다. 사도행전 1장 8절 신경림 목사
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제목 : The Clumsy Love
설교일 : 2018.06.17
본문말씀 : 1 John 4:7-12
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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