On January 17 and 18 of this year, friends and family gathered in Nashville, Tennessee to remember Bishop Rueben P. Job, and give thanks for a great gift from God shared with the world through his life, leadership, and witness. Many people gathered to honor him and to support his family. And they also gathered to remember and celebrate a life that was a reflection of God’s love and grace, of faith and service.
For most of us United Methodists, he will be remembered as the author of that little brown book published by Abingdon Press, Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living.
- Do No Harm
- Do Good
- Stay in Love with God
Bishop Job wrote of these rules, “There are three simple rules that have the power to change the world.”
We claim that our mission in this world is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. And Bishop Job’s words, life, and witness offer us a recipe for transforming the world. It is really a very simple recipe with just a few ingredients: respect, resources, and reverence. Treat others with respect, share our resources with others, and reverence God with our lives. A simple recipe, but what a challenge to live out and practice fully and faithfully!
As 2015 unfolds in our lives and in the life of the Church, I pray that we will continue to follow the Rueben Job recipe and make all of our decisions based on the three simple rules. If we do, I believe God will use us in powerful ways to transform our lives, Wisconsin, and the world.
Grace and Peace,
Hee-Soo Jung, PhD
Bishop Hee-Soo Jung has served as resident bishop of the Wisconsin Annual Conference since September of 2012. Prior to leading the Wisconsin Conference UMC, Bishop Jung served eight years as bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference (Chicago area).