Ezekiel 47:1-12; 1 John 3:11-18; Matthew 10:34-42
God leads Ezekiel to the entrance of the temple, showing him a stream flowing from the altar due East into the Dead Sea, transforming it into a life-filled body of water. Trees line the stream giving fruit each month, and the waters are full of fish. God’s desire is to bring life to his people.
The readings from 1 John and Matthew each remind the people of God that they are people of life, and order their lives according to the blessings given by God. With blessing comes responsibility, and even opposition. When we commit ourselves to the one who died for us, others will not understand. They will see the difference it makes in our lives, but their fear of real life will keep them in their sins.
Our witness to the world involves complete trust in the One who sent his Son. No compromise is allowed. When we are filled with the love of God through the presence of the Holy Spirit we can do nothing else except love God and our neighbor. We always behave the way we believe. Therefore, our behavior is a witness to the one we serve.
Prayer: Father, keep us in your love and use us to love the world and bring your life to them, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner,
Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.