When Nothing is Something

"You must not put the Lord your God to the test"

Luke 4:12
Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Psalm 91:1-2,10-15; Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13

Sermon Week/Year

First Sunday of Lent, C

There is a story about a man who asked, “What is the devil?” Before anyone could reply, the man supplied his answer. “The devil,” he said, “is not a huge monster with horns and a tail and a wicked look in his eye. No, the devil is inertia — doing nothing, following the lines of least resistance.”

The definition might not satisfy many theologians, but it makes the point: When Jesus asks us to turn our lives upside-down by following His example of radical love — and we respond by doing nothing — we’re in the devil’s corner.

An old farmer who was an outspoken unbeliever died, leaving an unusual Last Will and Testament in which he bequeathed his farm…

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