13th January 2019.

The story is told of Rabbi Akiva who lived in the first century AD. Having travelled to the village to buy food, he was walking back home and absentmindedly took the wrong path. Suddenly, a voice came through the darkness: “Who are you, and why are you here?”

Shocked by the voice, Akiva realised he had wandered into the Roman garrison, and the voice had come from the young sentry keeping guard. But being a rabbi, he answered the question with another question: “How much do they pay you to stand guard and ask that question of all who approach?”

The sentry replied, “Five drachmas a week, sir.” At that point the rabbi said, “Young man, I will pay you double if you come with me, stand in front of my cottage, and ask me that question each morning as I begin my day: ‘Who are you, and why are you here?’”

This Sunday’s sermon, Reset 2019, is about seeking the answer to that question. Taking the words of the prophet Micah, ‘And what does the Lord require of you?’ We want to look at our own response to God. What does he require? What should our walk with him look like?