November 10, 2015

Matthew 15_25

Matthew 15:21-28

Are we prepared to hear and change?

This passage is all about the Jews who do not want to hear or accept the teachings of Jesus, and therefore Jesus goes into Gentile territory. In this territory, he performs a miracle for a Gentile woman with great faith. This passage teaches us the grace of Jesus and about the faith of people in need. It teaches about the coming of the kingdom to the Gentiles who will be sent into all the world. They would know that it was the Lord’s desire that all come to salvation.

This passage therefore instructs us as well, that we are to take the message of grace to the world, to whoever is seeking mercy and will believe. If there is opposition and refusal, we may continue to pray, but our challenge is to turn to people who want it. The Spirit of God has prepared the message of the Gospel of Jesus for others to receive. Why is it that we as the church spend the greatest amount of energy on those who do not want to here? May we open our eyes and hearts and share with those who are desperate to hear his Good News.

Prayer: Lord help us spread your word where you have prepared the hearts of the hearers. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Dieter Punt, Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, NC.

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One Response to November 10, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    Jesus did preaching the synagogue. But his greatest work was when he went out. Our churches have become social clubs of the “chosen frozen.” Those who know the word, yet do we “go into all the world” as it says in the great commission. The church is to be an outreach as well as a sanctuary. Why is it we have become so complacent? Maybe we should heed the words from the Casting Crowns song “If We Are The Body” and get up and reach out.

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