This letter encourages its readers to “lead lives worthy of the Lord”. Such lives “bear fruit in every good work”, and evidence growth “in the knowledge of God”. All too often people want to separate these, with some seeking spiritual knowledge as an end in itself, and others pursuing fruitful lives as a priority over spiritual exercises. Put bluntly: some choose prayer, others choose action. The letter above does not support this. It is clear that spiritual growth and fruitful living are but two sides of the same coin.
The invitation is to discover that truly fruitful lives draw their energy from the spiritual nurture of God. It is the Spirit of God that sustains a passion for justice, mercy and service.
“The real spiritual life must be horizontal as well as vertical: spread more and more as well as aspire more and more.”Evelyn Underhill -- The Spiritual Life
Ordinary 18 / Pentecost +1140 God’s Abundant Provision
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 249.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.