When was the last time someone begged you to share the gospel of Christ? In today’s reading, those who hear the story of Jesus, implore Paul and Barnabas to return the next Sabbath, so that they may hear the story again. They have heard the story once, but once is not enough. They want to hear it again and again and again – to drink continually of the living water of God’s Word and to feel his forgiveness and love wash over them anew every week.
Perhaps you have noticed that the cultural landscape in which we live has become parched and dry. Secularism is invading the Church and threatens to drain the life from the body of Christ. People everywhere are searching for anything to quench their spiritual thirst as morality continues to withers and die.
But our hope is in the Lord and his Holy Word. As Christians, we know where to find the water that all humanity craves. We enjoy this refreshing gift of the gospel every time we gather in worship, and we are sent forth to take this gift into all the world. People are thirsty – begging for the gospel of Christ. So go and share.
Prayer: Living Water, give us courage to carry the gospel of Christ wherever we go. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Paulette McHugh, Associate Pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC.