Today’s readings: 2 Kings 4:8-37; Acts 9:10-31; Luke 3:7-18
Sometimes we get a warning.
You’ve been there; you know what I mean. You’re driving along a cold winter’s night, the heat cranked up in your car and your eyes growing heavy. Suddenly, the ripples on the side of the road wake you up. Adrenaline counteracts your tiredness. You correct to get the car back in the lane, then breathe a sigh of relief, very wide awake.
Our Luke text is something like that today. From the outset, John begins with a harsh warning, an attention grabbing message that gets the adrenaline going. He opens with an accusation; “You brood of vipers. Who warned you to flee the coming wrath?” He ends with us being given mercy: “Bear fruits in keeping with repentance.”
We have the blessing of forgiveness. Therefore, we are called as a Church to be people of God, people whose lives reflect our commitment to the things of God. We are Christians because we heard the good news that God gave forgiveness when he could have given judgement. We understand the message means something for everyone, and we get to share it.
Let us heed John’s warning and embrace the good news of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Prayer: Lord, keep me from looking out for myself, looking to you and to whom you are sending me. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Dieter Punt, Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, NC.