January 15, 2014


John 1:29-42

We must not be shy about bearing witness. One never knows who will be changed when we cry out, “Look!” when it comes to drawing attention to the Lamb of God who is the Son of God who is the Christ. This is to be done with the courage of conviction, but also with the humility of knowing that purposes holier than our own are at work.

God’s call is not entrusted to an elite, but is given to everyone. And it may be that the most ordinary are given the most crucial tasks. This was Tolkien’s observation in his story The Fellowship of the Ring. Tolkien describes the sense of calling that tugs at the small, ordinary hobbit named Frodo Baggins. He sits in a Council that has been called to decide who will take the powerfully corrupting ring back to its source to destroy it where the presence of evil is greatest. Who would undertake this quest? After a very long silence Frodo finally says, “I will take the Ring, though I do not know the way.”

If you and I don’t speak out for Christ, who will?

Prayer: Lord, draw us away from our self-centered ways to depend on Your Holy Spirit to bear witness to Jesus today. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
 Pastor of  Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.

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