Find Strength in Faith
Have you ever gone through the process of getting a new job? There's the applications, the resume, the references, interviews. But as you come out, and start something new, it's exciting. It may be nerve wracking at first, learning new things and being at the lower end of the team. However, as you work hard, get experience and try your best, you become dependable and a reliable employee. In the same way, in Baptism, we are all given the duty to be disciples, to be people of faith. As we grow, we far challenges, take in new insights, some challenging our faith. As we mature, we still learn how to be better disciples, develop a better prayer life and grow, teaching others what it means to be God's people.
Today's Gospel states:'And he went up on the mountain, and called to him those whom he desired; and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, to be with him, and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons: Simon whom he surnamed Peter; James the son of Zeb'edee and John the brother of James, whom he surnamed Bo-aner'ges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Then he went home'(Mark 3:13-19).
Today's Gospel talks about how Jesus appoints 12 disciples, giving them authority to be leaders of his church. As we affirm our faith, we take on the responsibility God gives us, to not only grow in our own faith life, but to be a part of a communion, of His Church. In order to do this, we need to keep bringing people to the Church, working on the evangelical aspect of our discipleship. Your faith should be central, and it takes work to be a true disciple, just like a new job, but so much better. Ask God to help you to work each day to better your faith life.
Today's prayer comes from 'crosswalk' a prayer to strengthen your prayer life:
Lord, I bow my heart before You and give You honor and praise. Oh God, strengthen my prayer life. Help me to pray more. Nudge me to pray when I’m doing mindless tasks. Help me to truly know who I am in Christ, to understand that You always hear me, to know Your Word so I can pray it, to write down my own prayer needs and the needs of others, and to know that You really do know me. In the strong name of Jesus, Amen.