Does it matter the day? Does it matter the person? Does it matter the location? Does it matter why? Does it matter how? Is there anything that would keep you from doing what is good or what is right?
This morning’s reading starts out with a very interesting example…
Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath
10One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in a synagogue. 11A woman there had an evil spirit that had kept her sick for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12When Jesus saw her, he called out to her, “Woman, you are free from your sickness!” 13He placed his hands on her, and at once she straightened herself up and praised God. 14The official of the synagogue was angry that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, so he spoke up and said to the people, “There are six days in which we should work; so come during those days and be healed, but not on the Sabbath!” 15The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Any one of you would untie your ox or your donkey from the stall and take it out to give it water on the Sabbath. 16Now here is this descendant of Abraham whom Satan has kept in bonds for eighteen years; should she not be released on the Sabbath?” 17His answer made his enemies ashamed of themselves, while the people rejoiced over all the wonderful things that he did. –from Luke 13
Do you realize you don’t have to have a lot of faith? Do you realize that you don’t have to be perfect? Do you believe and trust in God? Even just a little bit? Consider this…
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
(Matthew 13.31, 32; Mark 4.30-32)
18Jesus asked, “What is the Kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it with? 19It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed and plants it in his field. The plant grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make their nests in its branches.”
The Parable of the Yeast
20Again Jesus asked, “What shall I compare the Kingdom of God with? 21It is like this. A woman takes some yeast and mixes it with a bushel of flour until the whole batch of dough rises.”
–from Luke 13
It starts out small, but it will grow. Plant a seed of faith in your heart and water it and take care of it with spiritual nutrients from God’s Word, the preaching of the Word, Worship, … and watch it grow. That little bit of faith can make you grow and rise. Let an attitude of gratitude kick in and watch it grow and grow and flourish and help you to become the person God created you on purpose for a purpose to be.
Gratitude for God’s Mercy
12I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength for my work. I thank him for considering me worthy and appointing me to serve him, 13even though in the past I spoke evil of him and persecuted and insulted him. But God was merciful to me because I did not yet have faith and so did not know what I was doing. 14And our Lord poured out his abundant grace on me and gave me the faith and love which are ours in union with Christ Jesus. 15This is a true saying, to be completely accepted and believed: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I am the worst of them, 16but God was merciful to me in order that Christ Jesus might show his full patience in dealing with me, the worst of sinners, as an example for all those who would later believe in him and receive eternal life. 17To the eternal King, immortal and invisible, the only God—to him be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen. 18Timothy, my child, I entrust to you this command, which is in accordance with the words of prophecy spoken in the past about you. Use those words as weapons in order to fight well, 19and keep your faith and a clear conscience. Some people have not listened to their conscience and have made a ruin of their faith. 20Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have punished by handing them over to the power of Satan; this will teach them to stop their blasphemy. –from 1 Timothy 1
What are you thankful for? Do you share it? Do you allow others to be encouraged because you have been blessed by God? You aren’t perfect yet and are still a work in progress, but that doesn’t mean that God can’t use you now for the glory of His kingdom. Let’s live in a way that praises Jesus for what He is and has done in and through our lives. Let’s praise Him because He isn’t done with us you and is working in and through us to accomplish His will that we and those we come into contact with can be saved and spend eternity in Heaven with Him!
Not sure what to do? Not sure where to turn? turn God’s Word that will grant you wisdom!
The Rewards of Wisdom
1My child, learn what I teach you and never forget what I tell you to do. 2Listen to what is wise and try to understand it. 3Yes, beg for knowledge; plead for insight. 4Look for it as hard as you would for silver or some hidden treasure. 5If you do, you will know what it means to fear the Lord and you will succeed in learning about God. 6It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding. 7He provides help and protection for those who are righteous and honest. 8He protects those who treat others fairly, and guards those who are devoted to him. 9If you listen to me, you will know what is right, just, and fair. You will know what you should do. 10You will become wise, and your knowledge will give you pleasure. 11Your insight and understanding will protect you 12and prevent you from doing the wrong thing. They will keep you away from people who stir up trouble by what they say— 13those who have abandoned a righteous life to live in the darkness of sin, 14those who find pleasure in doing wrong and who enjoy senseless evil, 15unreliable people who cannot be trusted. 16You will be able to resist any immoral woman who tries to seduce you with her smooth talk, 17who is faithless to her own husband and forgets her sacred vows. 18If you go to her house, you are traveling the road to death. To go there is to approach the world of the dead. 19No one who visits her ever comes back. He never returns to the road to life. 20So you must follow the example of good people and live a righteous life. 21Righteous people—people of integrity—will live in this land of ours. 22But God will snatch the wicked from the land and pull sinners out of it like plants from the ground. –from Proverbs 2