Sermon in a nutshell: Matthew 21:12-27
Last Sunday, I said that I have two women in my life that I love. One is my wife. You understand that the second one is my mother. I have to confess though. There is one more(!) That is my daughter. I also said last Sunday that fathers cannot refuse daughter’s request. I will share a letter from my daughter and your will see why.
“Whenever I look at my dad, like really look at him, I see a picture of strength, kindness, compassion, a big heart, solidarity… and these are all things I hope to reflect when I’m older; a ‘target’ to aim for, personally. When I see the love that he has for my mother, (btw happy recent 24th anniversary), I see something so deep that there’s no storm that could pull out their roots from the foundation that they’ve planted their love in. So looking into all of these notes that I’ve previously written, I had to include one about my dad. Because although some people may say that they have the greatest dad in the world, I really do. At this age when I’m really pushing forward into the world as an adult, many things come to mind. But I have to give credit to the greatest man that I know, and stop to say thank you. Thank you for not telling me what to do, giving me a choice, and only pushing me to be the best person I could be by being the best that you could be. You’re an incredible human being and I love you with all my heart!”
Here is a daughter who loves you and expresses her love in a meaningful way! Ask any father whether he would reject any request from this daughter!
Love is the source of power. She is not my bishop. She does not hold Ph. D. She is not rich. Still she can make me do anything for her, something that my bishop or any powerful person cannot make me do.
In today’s Bible passage, the Pharisees asked a question to Jesus: “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Pharisees were thinking about position, degree, background, or money. However, Jesus was doing everything out of LOVE. LOVE (GOD) is the source of power! Pharisees simply did not get it because they did not love the people. They loved themselves. They loved money and power. That was why they made the Temple “a den of robbers.” They made money using their religion. When Jesus cured the blind and the lame out of compassion, they were angry because Jesus did not follow their protocol. They were really fig trees that had only leaves and no fruits!
Finally Jesus answered to the Pharisees: “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” They would not admit that John the Baptist were from heaven. They did not love the people. They were just afraid of them. They wanted to keep their reputation and positions.
How do we bear fruits in our life, ministry, and mission? We bear fruits when we love others and express our love in the way that people can understand. Just look around. I see committee chairs who love our church family and express it in a way that people can experience. They bear fruits in their works. I see small group leaders who love their group members and let them know. They are the ones who grow their groups. May God bless our love and love expressions for the glory of God!
- What is the best way to express your love to the ones that you love?
- What are the obstacles that you have to overcome to communicate your love to them?