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Saturday, October 01, 2005 at 11:51 PM

John Colet's Convocation Sermon

so who's John Colet? He is a pre-reformer, a humanist (which isn't anywhere near what today's humanist looks like). He strove and begged for the reformation of the Roman Catholic Church during the times of the abuses that drove Martin Luther to post his historic 95 Thesis. I had the pleasure to read his Convoction Sermon (I dont' know what that is) delivered to some clergy and bishops where he called for transformation and reformation. He said something that really struck me.

He pointed out was Acts 6 (this the ESV):

2And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.

This really struck me. If those who were called to wait on tables need to be "of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom." Who ought I be? Not even worthy to wait upon tables!

Something else that John Colet pointed out was the fact that it wasn't that the Apostles thought that waiting upon tables was below them (as they had surely heard Christ's very own words when he talked about how the greatest must become a servant to all), but that they felt that it wasn't good to give up preaching to serve tables. What great value placed upon the Word of God! May it be that I would seek to wait upon tables so that those gifted in preaching would be freed to preach boldly! May it be that we as a community wouldn't expect our "servants" to do everything service related, but would rather delight in serving them, so that they might do a greater work of preaching the Word!

God grant me humbleness to serve and realize that I am not even qualified to wait upon tables, but still strive to serve as best as I am able so that those gifted in preaching would be free to preach, rather than they being forced to serve because no one else is willing to.

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