Giving and receiving are both important in the Christian Community
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It probably doesn’t come as a surprise for many of you that I’m a fan of the movie, Napoleon Dynamite. The movie makes sense to those of us who’ve spent time in Idaho.
A major character in the movie is Napoleon’s friend, Pedro. My oldest son still proudly wears his “Vote for Pedro” t-shirt.
I met the real Pedro in Ocote Pando, and I would vote for him any day.
It was Monday morning when we made our trip to Ocote Pando. Pastor Omar told me that I was to speak to the adults while the children spent time with the other three members of our team. Pedro led us in singing. Since I don’t know Spanish, I didn’t understand the songs, but I could tell that there was a genuine spirit of worship in Pedro’s leadership.
Then he sat and listened to my message, engaged the entire time I spoke. Many of us who lead step outside or find something else to do when we’re done leading. Not Pedro, he expectantly waited for God to speak to him.
Pedro was a picture of Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the mount:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.”
Matthew 5:6 English Standard Version
Pedro struck a balance between giving and receiving. He was willing to lead us in singing and yet hungered to receive from God. May our thirst for righteousness produce both a desire to serve God and receive from him.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner