Evangelism – In the presence of God… be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable… I used to think it took courage. Now I understand that it really just takes faith. Of the many things we learn and know it doesn’t take courage for us to talk about those things. We freely offer our knowledge, advice and encouragement. Gracious God may our knowledge of you always be the forethought in everything we do and a highlight of our conversations.
Interestingly, bagpipes were considered a peasant instrument associated with persons of low social status such as shepherds and farmers. Today bagpipes are often heard at memorial services for firefighters and policeman, perhaps common people but whose service is endeared and often under-appreciated. Theirs is a service to the community, which is heightened, particularly during events of great distress. As commanded by Christ, the eleven faithful Apostles, witnesses to the resurrection, were men of common stature who would go on to spread the message of the Gospel across the nations. Although the early church would suffer great persecutions, the apostles rose to the occasion so that we too may come to believe and be witnesses for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:16-20
Lent: Day 13 – While at the 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show I came across a very intriguing notation as part of the Delaware Valley College education exhibit. It read; “Soil is a system of organisms, air, water, organic matter and elements. Soil is a systems teeming with life! …dirt is what you find under your fingernails, on your clothes, or stuck in your tires.” In many ways I believe the parable of the sower speaks to the various environments in which we sometimes find ourselves. Ultimately our goal is to always be found in “good soil,” where we are able to hear and accept the word, allowing it to be nourished within us, so that together we may be of good use and our exponents can be released and shared for sowing God’s word in and through others. I liken it to the law of exponential growth in which the base is the word of God and the exponents are the various gifts we bring to enhance and spread the gospel. Our gifts express who we are in Christ. The more we use our gifts in and through Christ, the more God is glorified. Who then, can stand against such glory and power!
Teeming – abounding or swarming with something
teeming. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved March 07, 2012, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/teeming
Mark 4:1-20 Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’ 9And he said, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’