Even though we’re in the midst of Gulliver’s Travels, Sunday’s Bible Class left me thinking about Pilgrim’s Progress.
Our Adult Bible Class is watching a video series by LCMS President The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison. In part of this week’s lesson Pastor Harrison talked about how so many people incorrectly think that church is about what they do for God. Pr. Harrison rightly said that God needs nothing from us. What would the Creator of the world need from His creation? He then shared an analogy of Martin Luther’s about sinners coming to worship. Luther says that all of us come to church as poor, miserable sinners with an empty sack. We have nothing to give God. We confess our sins and receive forgiveness, a gift from God, which we put in our sack. Over and over in the service we receive gifts: grace, mercy, love, the Word of God… A multitude of blessings! All of these gifts go in our sacks. We leave the service with a sack over-flowing with good gifts from God. We take our gifts home, and we share all the goodies we received with our neighbor.
I kept thinking of Christian and his burden.
What if when his sins fell off at the cross, Christian received a new sack to carry?
A sack that was full of blessings from the Almighty God.
Oh, how that would have changed his journey.