Your Mission for Today, for you’ve been chosen to accept it….

Devotional/Discussion thought of the day.

“Looking on the immense panorama of souls who are awaiting us, and being struck by the wonderful and awesome responsibility before us, you may at times have asked yourself, as I have: “Can I contribute anything, when the task is so vast? I, who am so puny?” It is then we have to open the Gospel and contemplate how Jesus cures the man born blind. He uses mud made from the dust of the earth and saliva. Yet this is the salve which brings light to those blind eyes! That is what you and I are. Fully aware of our weaknesses and our worthlessness, but with the grace of God and our good will, we can be salve to give light and provide strength for others as well as for ourselves.” (1)

I sit and my desk and wonder.  What if the church was as diligent, as determined, to spread the gospel of Christ as it is to see a candidate elected who they assume shares their moral beliefs?  Why don’t we?  Why do we look at a world where as many as 6 billion people do not understand God’s love, who can’t comprehend God’s mindest towards them?  How can we put one mission – that of a political and economic cause, above the mission where everyone becomes a child of God, where true peace is found, as mercy and peace rule?

If Romney wins, the bulk of the world lives in the darkness of sin andin fear of death, and are oppressed by Satan.  If Obama wins, the bulk of the world lives in the darkness of sin, in fear of death, and are oppressed by Satan.

Is the reason we don’t take our call as the people of God, as the servant-priesthood of all believers more seriously?  Do we see the incredible  task before us, and think it is too big?

It is time for the church to step up, not to get involved in politics of the earth, or even politics of the church, and reflect Christ’s light to the world.  But the church isn’t our buildings.  It is you and I, people who have begun to see Christ’s work in our lives, healing our brokenness, cleansing us from all sin and all injustice.  This is our life  – to bear witness to light, following in the footsteps of fisherman and tax collectors and rebels.  It’s not in travelling the world for most of us, but simply in bringing hope to the hopeless, sharing peace with those who are riddled with anxiety, showing mercy to those who cannot conceive of anything but cold justice and retribution and revenge.

Today my friend, you are called to be God’s child – to be like Christ to a world that is lost and broken.  It starts in your workplace, and your home.

Look to Him, reflect His love… you will be amazed at how local your task is.. and how immediate.

(1) Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 1454-1460). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God’s saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

Posted on November 5, 2012, in Devotions and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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