April 6th Lenten Devotional

Fear

John Renze

Luke 19:20-27

Why are you afraid?

The recipient of the one pound was afraid.  He was the slave of a lord who took what he did not deposit and reaped where he had not sown. His boss kept slaves and killed political prisoners.  The consequence of his fear was inaction.  He was unable to realize the fruit of the gifts he had been given.

Why are you afraid?

We, too, have each been given a pound.  A pound of grace.  A pound of the Word made flesh.  A pound that, when planted in good soil, will yield a hundredfold.  And yet, many of us are like the servant with the one pound, inactive because of fear.

 

Why are you afraid?

Perhaps you fear failure or rejection.  Perhaps you are too busy or tired or broken to try again.  Or is it perhaps because you fear that the Lord who gave you the pound is like the lord in the story.  You fear that God is cruel and arbitrary, quick to punish and slow to reward.

Fear not!

The reign of God is like nothing from this world.  You have been created as God’s image and likeness.  God desires a relationship with us, not fear of punishment.  God cares for us as children, not as resources to be exploited.  God is invested in us.  How do we know?  God proved it by becoming one of us and dying at our hands.

Now, about that pound.  What are you going to do with it?

 

John Renze is a student at Luther Seminary and a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Crystal, Minnesota.

©2017 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group.  This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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