Mark 4:21-24 lectio: Giving, not getting, is the way. Here’s a prime example of how lectio divina can open the scriptures in ways you could never have if you focused solely on trying to determine “authorial intent”. When I read “Giving, not getting, is the way” (and I am rapidly switching to The Message for my lectio), I had this thought:
Conventional evangelism doesn’t fly anymore because it is a sales pitch. It’s about me persuading you — specifically, persuading you that you are wrong. It’s about closing the deal. …Does Amway make your skin crawl? — You know, someone invites you over for dinner (so you thought), but you find that the reason you’re really there is so that they can sell you on a system so that they can make money off of you. — Remember that feeling, because that’s what evangelism often feels like to normal people. You come away thinking, “You don’t care about me at all; all you care about is promoting your thing.” In other words, it’s all about getting.
So let’s turn that on its head, and make evangelism all about giving: Me blessing you in any way I can. Why? Because this shows the love that God has for you, he is already blessing you, and he wants to bless you even more through his Son and through his Family. And how can I bless you? Many times, simply by being interested in who you are, without judgement.