For Tuesday of Holy Week from our congregational devotion, Devoted.
Tuesday, March 31
Tuesday in Holy Week
Read Isaiah 49:1-7
HEADING FOR HIGHER GROUND
One of the rules of transformative mediation is this. When we can’t find common ground, we move to higher ground. This means that sometimes we can’t find a place where our competing interests might coincide. When that happens, we need to move to the plane of shared values in order to resolve our differences and come to an agreement.
When I work with divorcing parents, we always try to focus on the best interests of the children. The parents may not be able to compromise if their framework is self-interest. But when we seek the higher ground of what’s best for the children, agreements come much more readily.
In this second Servant Song, God raises the sights of the Servant. Mere survival after the Babylonian exile isn’t nearly enough. A focus on mere survival for God’s people will be little more than a living death. God has far bigger plans for them.
“It is too light a thing,” God says. It is too small, too insignificant, not nearly big enough a thing for God’s people to focus on personal survival. Instead, they are to seek much higher ground. This remnant from the exile will be a light to nations—the Gentiles. God’s goal is that peace and justice, life and hope will reach every place on earth.
So there is a word here for the church. It is too light a thing for us to focus on mere survival. That will be living death for congregations and for the church. We are the ones who follow the Light of the World. We are the ones called to let our light shine before others. We are called to live on the highest ground—the good news of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Where is the higher ground in your life? Where is the higher ground for our congregation and our Church?
Let’s pray. Lead us, Lord, to the higher ground where we can do the heavy lifting of your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.