Wednesday, January 23, 2019
“Jesus unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’” [Luke 4:17b-19]
What words would be on the scroll you would unroll to account for the way you have spent your life? Have you experienced the power and presence of the Spirit in your life? Did you engage the poor and bring them good news? Did you befriend those held captive by addictions or injustice? Did you walk alongside those struggling to see more clearly a way forward in their lives? Did your relationships cultivate freedom for others? Did you give glory to God, speaking favorably of God? When Jesus said, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing,” he was declaring what he read as a template for his life. What about you? What words would be used to define the template by which you live? Spend some time reflecting on your life as you prepare for Sunday’s message.
Loving God, the words of Isaiah and Luke challenge me, for I admit that I am often more concerned about me rather than others. Help me to see how my life can be used to bless others, for your said to our forefather Abram, “You are blessed to be a blessing.” May my life bless others. Amen.