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Lead by God's Word

Where do you preach the Gospel? Sometimes it can be difficult in your normal environment. Maybe you work with someone who has a completely different viewpoint in faith. I have had some interesting conversations with people who have read the Bible through several times, but use scripture instead to speak down on religion. Those situations can be difficult. Think about Thomas Aquinas and theologians of the past, having to explain, justify and even attempt to prove their beliefs to philosophers. It couldn't be easy. In Aquinas' argument to prove God's existence, he even tells us, it's not an easy topic to prove. We don't know everything there is to know about faith, about God, or He wouldn't be God. However, it takes faith and trust and following through with that faith in every area of our lives to be truly happy, to find the true rewards that God has in store for each of us.

Today's First Reading states:'I myself am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has wrought through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyr'icum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ, thus making it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on another man's foundation, but as it is written, "They shall see who have never been told of him, and they shall understand who have never heard of him"'(Romans 15:14-21).

In today's reading we hear how we need to be ministers to others, to be disciples that spread God's love. In doing this, we will feel accomplished in life, more than just living day to day being ordinary. God calls us to be extraordinary, to step out and be courageous. As we learn from Thomas Aquinas, it's not always easy to justify ourselves, and our faith, but that's where the challenge comes in. Maybe there's an area in your life that you could use to teach God's word, to children, coworkers, fellow students? Take some time and reflect and ask God how you can be a better leader in giving His Word.

Today's prayer comes from 'better gatherings' a prayer for ministry of God's Word:

Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your holy word. May it be a lantern to our feet, a light to our paths, and strength to our lives. Take us and use us to love and serve all people in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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