20 Oct Luke 12:37 (prepare the way of the Lord)
Posted on Tuesday 20 October, 2009
Let’s welcome God this morning by reflecting on this short Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which is based on Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Luke 12:37 (full readings
Living Faith snippets: “Just as parents arriving home from a vacation do not want to find their teenager hosting a raging party, Jesus doesn’t want to return to a disrespectful mess either. How will he feel if he comes back to collect his beloved people, the ones he gave his life for, only to discover that we have let our families and churches fall apart, made idols of money and worldly success, and allowed sin to pollute us? Like the parents of the teenager, I imagine he will not be amused.” by Kristin Armstrong
Rich’s comments: Only a few times during my 12 year marriage have I ever been left home alone while my wife was away on a trip. Although I embrace the rules of our household, I tend to slack a bit during these periods and let the chores slide. I usually wait until the day before she comes home to catch up on cleaning the house and doing yard work. Similarly, I sometimes slack a bit on maintaining my spiritual life and striving towards holiness. The only difference is that Jesus is not away on a trip. He is always present with us. Lord, help me be vigilant. Amen.
Let’s all invite one person each week (John 14:6
) to join our LIFE Group (>240 of God’s children).
* NEW: Don’t be discouraged if you periodically fall during your path to holiness. A Christian always picks themselves up and continues the race.
Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas in footnote below.
* Prayer to end abortion
, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/despair, prisoners, ProLife
politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, refugees, addictions, persecuted believers, Peters family (JP in hospital
), Lynn Bishara
(for son Alex), Joyce Trunk (friend w/brain cancer)
Faith Quote: “Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.” – St. Augustine
Through Christ our Lord,
* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.’
* Fasting: Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).
* Defend the unborn: ‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ (Blessed Mother Teresa).
Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead a friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization
of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service (Matt 28:19