So What Now?
Lord whose love through humble service
Bore the weight of human need,
Who upon the cross, forsaken,
Offered mercy’s perfect deed,
We, Your servants, bring the worship
Not of voice alone but heart,
Consecrating to Your purpose
Every gift that you impart.
Called by worship to Your service,
Forth in Your dear name we go,
To the child, the youth, the aged,
Love in living deeds to show;
Hope and health, goodwill and comfort,
Counsel, aid, and peace we give,
That Your servants, Lord, in freedom
May Your mercy know and live.
(Lutheran Service Book 848: 1, 4)
The question of the title is answered beautifully in the text of this hymn, Lord, Whose Love through Humble Service. It is also the subject of Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 5:6-7, “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Everything that happens in the life of the Christian happens in cloaked and veiled in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our salvation is sure there. We are made saints within the realm Christ. We also serve others within that realm also. The blessings of forgiveness, life and salvation that we receive in His Word and Sacrament drive us out into our vocations in the world. We go everywhere bearing the name into which we were baptized. This identity gives us courage because we know that it lasts beyond this world. We know that God works in ways that we cannot see. We have faith that our salvation is secure in the works and sacrifice of Christ. That security pushes us out to love and work for our neighbors confident in the fact that God works in ways that we cannot see or even comprehend.
This is the substance toward which the focus of Trinity works: That all people would be confident in their salvation, and that Your servants, Lord, in freedom may Your mercy know and live. So what now? We walk by faith, not by sight.
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