Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Friday, 2 August 19:
Luke 10:3 — “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”
God knows He is leading you into persecution in order to use you to communicate the Gospel to sinful people who are naturally hurtful. Consider how many times in the Bible God sent someone to deliver a message to people the messenger didn’t want to speak with or to people who didn’t really want to hear the message. Are you willing to be hurt by the people God wants you to reach in order to be a faithful ambassador for Christ? Are you willing to show unloving people the love of Christ, regardless of how they treat you so nothing would stand in the way of the Gospel? Are you willing to suffer and say, “Forgive them Father; they know not what they do,” in order to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission? With the ministry of reconciliation, we have been given a ministry of suffering in love for His name’s sake. Be a faithful ambassador and minister.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 2 August 19: Love those who are hard to love, and share the Gospel with those who need to hear it even though it might be difficult.