Today’s readings speak about the nature of faith. They tell us that faith often appears insignificant compared to the obstacles it overcomes: the still small voice, the believer’s confession, and Peter’s obedience all seem trivial compared to wind, earthquake, fire, the rigor of the law, and the raging of a storm at sea.
The Jews reading 1 Kings were reminded that keeping faith with God was as simple as not bowing to or kissing an idol. Paul’s readers were given a straightforward catchphrase that anyone (either Jew or Greek) could say to prove his or her faith. Matthew’s readers learned to obey the call of Jesus and to ignore the call of the world. In our own day, it is still through simple, straightforward acts that we show our faith.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God whom God raised from the dead. If we believe this and say it we are saved. It’s so easy anyone can do it. The hard part of saving the world belongs to God. Knowing this means we’re “off the hook” — sort of (but not really). We still need to respond to God’s salvation in humble obedience, and to each other in simple acts of love.
Preached by the Rev. Jake Dell on August 13, 2017 at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.