June 26, 2022
Brushing teeth — and many other things in life — are important. However, it is not essential.
Often the important things in life (and things more important than brushing teeth!) — our work, our activities, our politics — become more than ‘important.’ We confuse them for essential. We allow them to have the first place in our heart. The real challenge of discipleship often isn’t avoiding terrible and dark sins; rather, the challenge is making sure that as we do good things, we avoid getting ourselves confused as to what is important vs what essential, namely, our relationship with God in Christ.
A reflection on Jesus’ hard words in Luke 9:51-62 and the distinction between the important and the essential.