A word about my blog title: In our lives (at least in mine) there are certain circumstances or moments that grab us and profoundly impact and shape us. A series a few years ago on I Corinthians caught me and shaped me or in gospel reality is still catching and shaping me. St. Paul writes in 4:1: This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. The derivative for the Greek word (“huporetes” – ‘servants) in the text is ‘eresso’ which means ‘to row’. The definition is one of ‘under-rower’. ‘Eresso’ describes the galley slaves in the belly of the ship whose rowing propelled the ship through the sea. The transforming work of the gospel for St. Paul resulted in his viewing and identifying himself as a galley slave servant of Christ. The transforming work of the gospel will result in our identities being changed to one’s of servants. St. Paul reminds not only the Corinthian church, but us as well that the values of the gospel run counter to the values of the world in which we live. Every day we are confronted with the opportunities to live out ‘gospel eresso’ with our spouses, children, co-workers, in our cars, in the check-out line…my interest is to share gospel stories from our daily lives, thoughts from my sermons, and engage the stories of our culture from the perspective of Christ and His gospel.
I don’t have a corner on what it means to live as a servant rowing at the bottom of ship. I’m grateful I can lean heavily on the rowing shoulders of my fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters of the faith. God wants to us to know Him so He sent himself that we may see and know him. Christ is the ultimate ‘eresso’. He ‘rowed’ himself all the way to a cross.
A good daily question for me and you: Where is the gospel ‘rowing’ you today?
- Brad Bresson