These words of Jesus come at the end of a parable Jesus uses to teach his disciples and those following him about the Kingdom of God and who God is. The end of the story has these words to help the hearer better understand the metaphor Jesus uses. God is a God who desires to be in full relationship with us. But like any relationship it is hard to navigate and to figure out how to be our best selves in the relationship. It’s made harder because others judge how faithful we are based on their experiences and understanding of God. These words, in Luke, hit many hard during these trying times we find ourselves in American society. Who or what is our master and how do those things reflect our daily living are questions we are being called to answer on daily bases. As people of faith, we are called to be devoted to God, but it is hard when we all have different ways of expressing that devotion. Regardless of the expression, it is important to remember who we are to serve and that we are asked to live our faith carefully and not be distracted by other things around us. God desires a relationship with us; will we fully enter that relationship with God or allow distractions?
Rev. Kate West is the Pastor of First Congregational UCC, Belle Plaine, Iowa.
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