Day ThirteenPastor David Biewald
Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
Matthew 10:1,7 (NIV)
Remember when you were younger and used to participate in “show and tell” at school? Especially after the Christmas season, I used to love bringing in all my new gifts and showing everyone what new things I received and then everyone else would do the same. In retrospect, “show and tell” seemed so insignificant but as I come to understand God, it almost seems like “show and tell” is His favorite game to play.
God is a giver, in fact, the giving of His son Jesus, salvation and eternal life is enough to overwhelm us for eternity. Hands down God is the best gift giver! It would seem, however, that the gifts He gives are not necessarily just meant for us personally but also corporately. In the verses above, we see Jesus giving His disciples gifts or authority to cast out devils and heal the sick. Jesus then takes it a step further and encourages them to play a game of “show and tell.” Not literally, but he does tell them to take what they have and go show others!
As we seek God this year in our prayer and fasting we know that God is going to be revealing things, filling, and empowering us through His Spirit. The challenge for us will be whether we keep that to ourselves and feel like spiritual champs, or will we take that empowerment and “Go!” as Jesus has instructed; bringing that God-Life and Likeness into our personal spheres of influence and being willing and open vessels through which God can transform our communities. Ultimately what God is doing in you throughout this fast He hopes to do through you.
Prayer: Father, I pray today that You would inspire us to take what You have given, and give us the courage to share it with others. Help us to effect change in our communities through Your power, spirit, and ability. Help us to continue to depend on You throughout this fast and to be in a place to continually receive. In Jesus name, Amen.
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