Acts 13:47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
Saul (Paul) was intent on destroying every follower of Jesus. His zeal was so real, so ready to strike, that he would stop at nothing to accomplish his goal of ridding the world of the new religion. Yet he became one of the greatest of the early promotors of the truth about Jesus. He preached, he wrote and he lived out a life dedicated to bringing those teachings to the people. What drove him? What propelled him to take on a task that was fraught with danger? What caused his eyes to be opened to the true word? Belief! A belief that anyone can make a difference!
Prayer of the Day. Dear Lord. Like Paul I can see once my eyes have been opened to a life dedicated to You. Like Paul I may suffer when others challenge my faith. Like Paul I may be seen differently in the world. Yet I know that I have the strength to present myself as a believer, to invite others into the faith and to live out a life of trust in You. AMEN ... See MoreSee Less
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
We speak about taking a leap of faith. Watching a TV program I was amazed by the faith the mountain climbers had as they made their way up the face of the cliff. Climbing without more than pitons, an ax and strong hands and feet they slowly made their way toward their goal, confident in their ability. Isn’t our faith in the risen Lord much the same? We believe he died and rose from the dead. Did we see it? Did we experience it? No. But we believe it. Like those climbers we have faith in what we cannot see.
Prayer of the Day. Dear Lord. There are times when my faith probably takes a shaking. There are times when I ask myself how I know that I will be saved. There are times when I feel like I am struggling to keep my eyes on the way ahead. There are times when my faith in others to do the right thing may be challenged…yet I know that You are always there, always with me even when I feel like I am alone. Walk with me today. AMEN ... See MoreSee Less