Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for October 18, 2020; Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-9(10-13); 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22: 15-22
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1: 2-3
When you wake up in the morning and look in your bathroom mirror, what do you see? Personally, at first glance it’s not very pretty – mouth guard in, tussled hair, sagging everything and the list goes on and on. Despite what you see on the outside, do you ever stop and really – I mean REALLY – look at who’s looking back at you. Underneath all of that not-so-prettiness is something beautiful and full of promise – God’s promise.
On the outside, you may not look all that pretty, but on the inside God has renewed you and filled you to overflowing with power, strength and endurance to fulfill the works he has prepared for you. You see, He’s prepared interactions and blessings for you to encounter today; opportunities for you to be his hands and voice to specific souls that he places in your path and parts of creation he has placed under your care, and he has totally equipped you to fulfill those tasks thoroughly. You are a person of beauty and importance. There is no time to waste. This day is full and God has prepared you – yes YOU- to do His work.
Through the eyes of faith in all that Christ has accomplished for you, our Heavenly Father wishes to share that hope and his love to others through you. God’s will for your life, through the works he has prepared in advance for you are awaiting you today. It does not matter if He does not make known his particular tasks. Simply do all you do, as if doing it for Him. Remember we only see dimly now, so trust in Him to unfold your day as he chooses.
However, to see more clearly and labour more willingly, let go of your sins through repentance and begin your day in the assurance of the forgiveness Christ won for you. Humble yourself as his willing servant and say as Isaiah, ‘Here I am Lord’ (Isaiah 8:6b, paraphrased). Then start seeing in the mirror, the beautiful, purpose-filled advocate of love that you are.
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me all my sins. Cleanse me through the blood of Jesus, my Saviour. Thank-you for filling my day with purpose. Help me to show your love – to be your arms and voice, to all those you set in my path, and willingly accomplish the work you prepared for me this day. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!