He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
“I have a duty to all people,” Paul told the Roman church (Romans 1:14 NCV). He had something for them—a message. He’d been entrusted as a Pony Express courier with a divine message, the gospel. Nothing mattered more to Paul than the gospel. “I am not ashamed of the gospel,” he wrote next, “because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (v. 16 NIV). . . .
I What people think of us matters not. What they think of God matters all. . . .
God doesn’t need you and me to do his work. We are expedient messengers, ambassadors by his kindness, not by our cleverness. . . .
And we entrusted with the gospel dare not seek applause but best deflect applause. For our message is about Someone else.
A European village priest in medieval times once gathered his church for a special service. “Come tonight,” he told them, “for a special sermon on Jesus.” And they did. They came. To their surprise, however, no candles illuminated the sanctuary. They groped their way to the pews and took their seats. The priest was nowhere to be seen. But soon he was heard walking through the church toward the front. When he reached the crucifix that hung on the wall, he lit a candle. Saying nothing, he illuminated the pierced feet of Christ, then the side, then one hand, and then the other. Lifting the candle, he shed light on the blood-masked face and the crown of thorns. With a puff, he blew out the candle and dismissed the church.
May we do nothing more.
May we do nothing less.
IT’S NOT ABOUT ME
Father God, you are the message this world needs to receive. Your loving forgiveness is the antidote for the sins of a world that would be lost without you. Without you there is only pain and hopelessness. With you there is forgiveness, hope, and a future. Let us be your faithful messengers. Help us not to care what others think but to care what you think, amen.
He saved them for His name’s sake, that He might make His mighty power known.
“You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “. . . that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me.”