On Living Effective Lives in Terms of the Kingdom (Thurs. Oct. 14)

The word of the day is “futility.”[1] Today’s business climate puts a premium on efficiency.  Management models focus on ways to save time and energy to increase profits.  However, efficiency does not equal effectiveness.  One can be most efficient, but our work may not be worthwhile.  Today in our reading of Ephesians 4:14-19, Paul warns his flock against living as other Gentiles do in the “futility of their mind” (vs. 17).  From the apostles’ spiritual point of view, the unbelieving citizens of the Roman empire are living unproductive and ineffective lives despite their efficiency.  Today we consider how we can avoid the entrapments of lifestyles that are empty of meaning or benefit to others.  We reflect on how we can…

Living Uncomplicated Lives that Are Not Entangled in the World (Sat. August 14)

The word of the day is “owe. ”  In today’s reading of Romans 13:1-10, St. Paul speaks of the believer’s duty to the government.  He writes that we are to be subject to its secular authority, for God has appointed it.  By it, the Almighty orders the world for its good (Romans 13:1-4). However, elsewhere, St. Paul said that we are citizens of another Kingdom.  He wrote in Philippians that “… our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20a).  And in Ephesians, the Apostle wrote, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (Eph. 2:19).  Today we will answer the question that if we are subjects of…