Jesus preached a message of both Law and Gospel. Jesus was direct in telling his followers that as sinners, all people are accountable before God (“Unless you repent, you too will all perish”). Jesus also used the parable of the fig tree to speak of God’s unfathomable patience and His desire that His Word and His work in our lives would bear fruit.
A Steward’s Reflection: What are some of the ways I try to avoid accountability before others or before God? In what ways do I need to grow in trusting Jesus so that I would bear fruit? How is God calling me today to bear fruit for the sake of the Gospel and the extension of His reign into the lives of others?
This prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship strikes a resonant chord with those who walk with Jesus: Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Walking with Jesus makes all of life an adventure, and the best part of it is that we get to walk with the One who is the Son of God.
Stewardship Emphasis: As a part of our Lenten journey, we also consider in very practical ways how God has set us apart and called us to manage all of life for the sake of the Kingdom. It causes us to reflect: What am I experiencing as I walk with Jesus? And how is He leading me for the sake of the Kingdom of God?