August 1, 2015

Acts 13_32

Acts 13:26-43

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.

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One Response to August 1, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    In the USA, we have become more and more self reliant instead of God reliant. We are less bold about proclaiming our faith. To share the gospel like the apostles, we need to seek his face. As others see the glow of God in us, they will ask us what is so different about us. If we live like those in the world, there is no light shining from us and we look like everyone else, so why would anyone think we are different?

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