August 20, 2015

Faithful Witnesses

Written by Tripp Prince

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 20, 2015

Guest Writer: Meet my son-in-law Tripp Prince. We are blessed to have him as our guest writer.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27

It’s hard to believe, but summer has already come and gone. For many, summer is a change of pace, bringing with it the opportunity to rest, relax, and renew our relationship with God and one another. It offers a simpler rhythm of life, one that we often are unable to enjoy. Therefore, as many of us return over the next few weeks to the busyness of school, PTA meetings, sports, and dance, not to mention the normal responsibilities of work and family, we may already be battling feelings of stress and anxiety. In light of this, how do we follow Christ and fulfill all of our other duties and obligations?

As Christians, the invitation in this season is to find ways to faithfully follow Christ in the midst of busyness, not in spite of it.

How can you invite Christ into your workplace, school, or extracurricular activity? Ask him this week to help you reframe your understanding of these pursuits so that you see them as extensions of your love for God and service of your neighbor, not as separate or isolated events. If we limit our Christian faith to an hour or two on Sunday, we miss the call to be salt and light in the world that is given to each and every one of us.

We gather in corporate worship to then be sent out as Kingdom minded people who boldly share God’s love and grace with everyone we meet! It is for this reason that many Christians around the world conclude their worship services with this powerful prayer: “Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.”

This week, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, grandparent, employee, or retiree, rather than seeing your duties and responsibilities as burdens or sources of stress, may you see them as God given opportunities to be faithful witnesses to the goodness and love of God shown in Jesus Christ. In doing so, we enter into these new seasons of life and find within them consistent opportunities to put our faith into action, deepening our love of God and neighbor.

Prayer: Father, help us today to encounter you in the midst of our daily lives and bear witness to your love wherever we go.

Application: Who needs my intentional love in the middle of my busyness?

Related Readings: John 15:26; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:32; 1 Thessalonians 2:10; 1 Timothy 6:12

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