I want us to think for a few moments about what a discerning obedience looks like.  To discern means to separate or distinguish. In the Greek, discern comes from the word diakrisis, which is to test or to distinguish good and evil. Discernment is to see to the heart of the matter with spiritual eyes – or from God’s vantage point. Think about that for a moment. Discernment is to see to the heart of the matter with spiritual eyes – or from God’s vantage point.  How does God look at the things we look at?  There are four imperative actions in a discerning obedience – listening, seeing, recognizing and doing God’s will.  Jesus requires a discerning obedience which means to accept responsibility for the good of God’s creatures, community and creation. What does a discerning obedience look like as we continue to face the impacts and spread of the COVID virus?  What are we hearing, seeing, recognizing and doing for the well-being of creatures, community and God’s creation? What does a discerning obedience look like as we experience the negative impacts of global warming while we conveniently ignore the scientific data which alerts us of a near future in distress?

Scripture Reading: John 15:9
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.”

Reflection Questions:
What does an obedient discernment mean to you?
How are you abiding in God’s love?
What are you hearing, seeing, recognizing and doing these days?

Prayer: Holy God, help me cultivate a discerning obedience and let your grace flow within and through me. Let me see as you see and fill me with compassion and understanding so I can stand with someone in need. Amen.