Date: Saturday, September 21
Scripture: Luke 24:44-49
Verse: and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47)
When my son was in Little League he had a coach whose style I did not particularly like. I noticed he did not spend a lot of time teaching the kids the game, they were pretty young at the time. Mostly what he did was correct them when they did something wrong. Sometimes I think we in the church can be like that coach. Unintentionally, our message becomes negative as we stress what’s wrong, rather than showing the proper way.
Ironically, notice the message with which Jesus commissions the disciples here at the end of Luke, is not a license to tell people everything they are doing wrong, but rather a proclamation of repentance and forgiveness. God is not the “cosmic cop” waiting to zap us for every mistake. He is instead a compassionate parent who comes running to us whenever we turn to him (see Monday’s devo). I have heard it expressed this way, “God accepts you just the way you are, and loves you too much to leave you that way.”
May the message we proclaim to the world be one of the forgiveness of God. Calling people to repentance so they may know God is present in their lives. May we stop being so good at telling others what is wrong, and begin living in such a way many will ask the church what is right about the way Christians live.
Prayer: May my witness, Holy Spirit, in what I do and what I say, share the good news of repentance and forgiveness. Amen.
Action: Be aware of how often you offer “correction” over the weekend.
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