Thursday April 27 2017

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Scripture: Luke 3:1-14

Key verse: (10) And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?”

Reflection: John the Baptist proclaimed a baptism of repentance.  “Repentance” literally means “to turn around.” John was calling for a 180 degree turn, a reorientation, an about-face. He knew that people were off track, focused on the wrong things, mistaken about their priorities. As the prophet preparing the way for Jesus Christ, he called people to faithful living.

In response to John’s preaching, the crowds asked “What then should we do?” If you tell me that I am doing the wrong things, help me know the right things to do. Sometimes we need clear concrete directions so we know how to be faithful and live in God’s way. John gave very specific guidance to the crowd. If you have more than you need, share. Treat people fairly. Be satisfied with what you have and don’t steal from others.

Faith is a verb, lived out in our daily lives. Faith isn’t just a noun, something we believe or hold in our hearts. Our faith is seen in our actions. The world looks at us.  Are our lives a living testimony of God’s love for the world? What specific concrete things can you do today to bear good fruit?  If you need some inspiration, watch this video to see how one of our young members responded to this call. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQysmNc8ucs

Prayer: “God of our salvation, you straighten the winding paths of our hearts and smooth the paths made rough by sin.” In whatever way we need to repent, give us courage today to turn around and move in the right direction. Show us clear concrete acts of faithfulness so that we can bear good fruit for your kingdom.  In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Author: Millie Snyder

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

One thought on “Thursday April 27 2017

  1. Thank you, Millie! Often times I get so overwhelmed by the huge needs of the world, my own needs and the needs of those around me, that it’s hard to see I can make a difference. I become paralyzed, and in turn do nothing. Thank you for pointing out the true meaning of repent – not to stop doing the wrong things (and feel guilty about not doing enough), but just do SOMETHING, even if it seems small, and trust God will use it for his will. It reminds me of the starfish story, where tens of thousands washed up on the beach only to die in the sun, and the boy picks up what he can along his walk and throws them back into the sea. He couldn’t save them all but it made a huge difference to the ones he COULD save. Kudos to the Herbert family for taking Joe’s sermon to heart, and acting on their faith!

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