Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
This week’s passage really played on my heart. Do we, God’s children, really know how purposeful our lives can be?
Let’s top up our coffees and dig in. May we be empowered to live our lives to the fullest!
Readings for Sunday, October 6: 17th Sunday after Pentecost
Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Psalm 62; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17: 1-10
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our lord. 2 Timothy 7-8a
Let me ask you… Where do you stand in relation to the above passage? Do you start each day acknowledging the power of the Holy Spirit in you? Do you acknowledge the divine ability to be loving in all your interactions with people, or self-disciplined with your time to go to worship in order to nurture your faith? Or, do you live your days focussed on your own abilities and thoughts, your own ‘to do’ lists and all the things you want or need to accomplish for your own good, with little to no regard to the power within you to be loving to all people and self-disciplined in your words and actions. Well, for me, the above passage confronts me with my sinfulness of being so caught up in my own limited strength and self-centredness.
Like most of humankind, we can think our days are just hours that can be spent frivolously on the whimsical desires of our hearts, and that the time spent on trying to satisfy these desires fill so much of our days that we cannot make time to attend worship and be an active part of the body of Christ. At times we can even consider that the mandatory hours spent at our jobs are simply a ‘necessary evil’ that we must do to actually be able to have the means to obtain those desires of our heart. How shallow and empty, weak and frivolous can we make our lives?!
However, if we took to heart and truly believed that God has equipped each of us with his Spirit’s power to enter each activity and relationship in our day with love and self-disciple, and then stood tall and with pride in all that Christ has accomplished for us, wouldn’t we see our earthly days with a much greater purpose?
How much more purposeful would our jobs be if we saw them as our divine callings from God himself to use our gifts and abilities for the good of humankind and a means by which to display his power. Although many of the activities in our days may be the same, each relationship, event, and even interruption would simply be an opportunity for the Spirit’s power to work in us and be shared with others. Everything we do and say would be an act of praise and a testimony of our life in Christ. What a purpose-filled life!
Therefore, may we all be encouraged to take to heart the power we have received from our Heavenly Father to be a living testimony of our Lord in all we say and do, and to be assured that the activities of our days have been ordained by God, himself, to display his love and fulfill his purpose. Finally, hold fast to his self-discipline to make time to praise and worship, learn and seek him in his word and worship. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our lord. 2 Timothy 7-8a
Prayer: Dear Lord, please forgive me for getting so caught up in my own desires and activities that I lose site of the purpose and power you have given me to display your love to all and to proclaim Jesus, my Saviour! Help me to be willing to hold fast to your divine self-discipline in order to seek you first and foremost in my days and to fulfil your purpose for me. In his name I pray. AMEN!