Remember your Kuleana...

November 29, 2017

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord
Christ you are serving."
(Colossians 3:23-24)

Remember your Kuleana

As some of you may know, I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Growing up there,
students learn a lot about the native Hawaiian culture, and naturally, you learn some native
Hawaiian words. This week I would like to share a little about their culture…

The word Kuleana is often translated as responsibility, but it's a little bit more than that. It refers
to one's sense of personal responsibility. Before American settlers came to the islands, native
Hawaiians lived off of a complex resource and land division system. They didn't have the
concept of private property, but they found a way to divide up the land. Usually it was divided
from the top of the mountain down to the sea, and they called each division an ahupua'a. In each
ahupua'a, everyone had an important Kuleana for the survival of their community. Whether you
were an ali'i (chief) or down to a maka'ainana (commoner), everyone played an important role
in society. Chiefs supervised, fishermen fished, farmers cultivated, carpenters built. They lived
not just to sustain what they had, but to prosper for many generations.

Have you been having a hard time at school? Burdened with the responsibilities of work? My
hope for you this week is that you be reminded of your kuleana. That you feel validated as a
person and member of the body of Christ. Each person has a responsibility, and this week we are
reminded to work with all our hearts in whatever we do. For we serve Jesus Christ our Lord, not
human masters.

Remember, you are important! Everyone plays an important role in making Graceway the special
church that it is. Whether you serve in a specific ministry, or come to church as you are,
everything we do is a form of worship to the Lord our God. If you're singing praise, sing your
heart out. If you're praying, pray as if God is listening. If you're a child be the best child you can
be and honor your father and mother.

Remember, everything we do is to serve the Lord our God. So always remember you Kuleana…

Author: Pastor Alex
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