Today’s readings: Isaiah 11:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; John 14:21-29
In 1 Corinthians 2, we hear the words of Paul, who after a personal encounter with our risen Savior, became the most productive communicator of the Gospel message. Paul writes that he came to the Corinthians “in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.” Paul had been an early persecutor of the Christian community (Acts 8:1-3). He knew well that those early Christians who began carrying the Gospel message of Jesus Christ did so at great peril for their lives.
While I was in African Zimbabwe, Christians were under persecution in various areas. Upon my arrival, I was apprehensive, not knowing what to expect. I met many wonderful, welcoming, and loving Christians. Just as Paul attested in his day (1 Cor 2:6-13), the Spirit of God was alive and active among the Christians I met there.
Today, in this part of the world, we stand in a vast mission field where countless people need to hear the message of Jesus Christ, while many Christians are reluctant to share it. Someone near you is awaiting your testimony. Pray for discernment, confidence, and the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit, that you might carry forward the message of Jesus Christ to those hungry souls around you.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, fill me with the power of your Holy Spirit, that I may carry forward the Good News of Jesus Christ in the midst of a world full of turmoil. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Rev. Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor.