February 2, 2021

Accomplishing God's Purpose

…so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11
Alexander Maclaren tells us that "the gospel does with ease and in silence what nothing else can do. It makes barren souls fruitful in all good works, and in all happiness worthy of" human beings. To share the good news of God's unconditional love with those who need to hear it is to offer soul-healing and the miracle of the hopeless being given hope.

Speaking God's word boldly in the early church meant not just preaching. It also meant acting. If we would see the results of proclaiming the gospel, then we must be as ready to preach the gospel in deed as well as words. In this age of easy speech and constant exposure to social media, it is probably more important to give water to the thirsty, feed the hungry, and clothe the freezing than it is to stand on a street corner and shout our testimony... or to post Bible memes on Facebook, for that matter. When we act on God's word in this way, it shall not return to God empty, but will have accomplished God's purpose.

Grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the Name of your holy servant Jesus.
 Acts 4:29-30
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O God, your word tells me that you are Love, and if I am to know you whom I cannot see, I need to love my neighbor in whom I can see your image.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I've served congregations in the Colombia, Puerto Rico, Europe & the US. I received a B.A. in German from the University of Louisville and learned Spanish in Bogotá. My Master of Divinity degree is from Drew University in New Jersey. I will begin my tenure as settled pastor of Pilgrim Christian Church—with dual affiliation in the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)—in late March 2019. This is my personal blog, and the opinions found herein are my own and may not reflect the views of the church I am serving.

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