a summer thought

As we now move into summer,
with its inherent expectations of rest and vacation,
a thought.
We recently considered selections from Romans 8 in worship,
including a verb in Romans 8:28 typically translated “works together”—
“all things work together ….”
That’s actually the Greek verb from which we get our word “synergy.”
So I have offered before the translation:
“Thank God there is a synergy for good for those committed to love
even within circumstances far from good.”

One significant etymological observation
with so much relevance for us:
the word “synergy” (working together)
also contains the root for our word “energy,”
itself rooted in the Greek word ergon (which means work)—
which means,
think about it,
that energy is rooted in good work,
not work in an abundance of energy.

Oh.

We think, “Well, we’ll work together on the redeeming of creation
when we have some energy for that.”
But the energy comes from the doing of good and meaningful work—
being part of the synergy for good.

It’s important to get the order right
or the work won’t be done,
and there won’t be energy—and synergy
for the redeeming of all creation.

So get to work!
Everything
depends on it.

* (Warning: contains commentary on our living.
Some restrictions do apply.
Within our limited time we do not offer
weekly sabbath rest to our schedule.
We do not honor jubilee.
We do not get the rest we should.
Nonetheless!
Final offer subject to your approval.) *

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One thought on “a summer thought

  1. Reblogged this on Didn't Make the Sermon and commented:
    John Ballenger is the pastor of Woodbrook Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD. I hate him!
    I should explain! John is one of those savants who has the ability to read a text, read the Greek, and see things that i could never see. Even if I read the text for a year! It is gift…and it causes me to covet.
    He has some good words here, and rather can copy and paste them, just read them for yourself. Paste them on your heart, and then get to work!

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