The Chair and the Desk, 3/10/16

From the chair:

“17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself?”

-Romans 2:17-21

Paul lists religious statuses we might boast about (the list extends into the double digits), only to look us right in the eyes and ask: “You then who teach others, do you not teach yourself?” As a teacher in the Church and, in growing measure, as a teacher of those who will be teaching in the Church, this convicts me. So often we take leadership to mean greater privilege, perhaps some greater responsibility over external obligations. However, leadership like Jesus for Jesus really starts and ends with responsibility, and not only responsibility for tasks and processes, but also for character, integrity, faithfulness.


From the desk:

“The word ‘hosanna’ is another liturgical word with performatory power. It is the shout of adoration spoken in the Gospels to Jesus as he rode on the colt into Jerusalem. When spoken by the crowd it not only indicated but also bestowed their praise. They shouted it not to say ‘We feel adoration,’ or ‘We announce or admiration.’ They shouted it to indulge in adoration. As it is used in the liturgy, the word has the same power: ‘Hosanna in the highest,’ we say or sing, indulging in an attitude of praise for the One who came and who is present still.”

-Clayton Schmit, Too Deep for Words, p.51


“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.

 

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