The scripture for today is Acts 10: 44-48
44While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, 47Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? 48So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.
Whether you are working on keeping, or finally giving up on your New Year’s resolutions, taking the time to review prior goals, readjusting current ones, and making new ones are all part of what we do to have purpose in life. You might want to consider that the season of Epiphany is one that is like the Church's New Year resolution process. Reviewing the prior year, reframing goals and visions, and reimagining what the future will look like. As Christians, we are recommitting ourselves to the mission that we share.
And that is what the book of Acts is documenting. The movement of the early Church from a small group of disciples and believers, spreading like wildfire!
The Light of the world that came to us as an infant on the first Christmas is ours to share with the world. Just as the Holy Spirit stirred within and called everyone, even those who were not following Peter, we are commissioned with going out and calling all! Peter is reminded in our reading that regardless of who we are trying to bring into the church, it is ultimately God's church, and without God as the focus of our mission and goals, we limit our belief as to the power of the Holy Spirit. So, let go of those limitations and see what you can accomplish - what we can accomplish together - with the Good News as the focus of this coming year.
Dear Lord, send us out today to accomplish what Peter was asking all Christians to do – calling all to believe. Amen
Louis Moehlman Louis@livinglord.org
Prayer Concern – Those who might be struggling with what their goals and visions should be for 2020.