Christ meant that his work on earth had been successfully completed, and now the hour had come when he could return to his heavenly father. How satisfying it must have been for him to know that his mission on earth was accomplished. Eternal life had been won for all believers. How true this is of all of us. We must be more than just starters; we must finish that which we have begun. Persistence and patience must be brought to bear as we keep our eyes on the distant goal. Many projects are started and soon laid aside and never finished. In the spiritual world there is need for persistency.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.