Feb 2, 2019
Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,
In our first reading we hear from the prophet Jeremiah (1:4), “The word of the LORD came to me, saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” It has been said that we each have a special role to play in the world. I had a grade school religion teacher who used to tell us that we wouldn’t die until we accomplished that one special thing. I guess that is why some people seem to go out of their way to live contrary to God’s Will & Way.
While I don’t believe we each have one very specific thing we are supposed to do and once we do it we drop over dead, I do believe that God calls each of us in our own way. Like Jeremiah, God knew us before we were born. I also believe God gave each of use gifts. The real question is how we will use those gifts, along with our blessings, to serve God and neighbor. I say all the time that our Christian faith demands action. We are each called to be “Doers of The Word.” Jesus’ final command to His disciples, and in turn you & me, was to go and build the kingdom of God.
When was the last time you spent some quality time reflecting on the gifts & blessings that God has given you? And, how you can use them in furthering the kingdom of God? Yahweh and Jerusalem certainly had a rocky relationship, but in the passage we hear today, Yahweh is declaring His love for the city and vows to defend it and in the end, deliver it.
Our Lord has made the same vow to us. We are beloved by God and He has sent us our Lord to be our defender and deliverer. No evil shall ever prevail against us and we have the promise of Eternal Life. How will we show our gratitude to God? How will we use our own God-given gifts & talents to move the kingdom of God forward? How will we let others know that we believe this to be THE truth? And how will we invite others to come with us on this marvelous journey?
In the Redeemer,
P.S. I want to congratulate Central Baptist on finding their new pastor. Please keep them in your prayers.