Gift: Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.
Reading: They returned once more to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple area, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders approached him and said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do them?” (Mark 11:27-28)
Observation: As I began to ponder what verse or verse I would focus on today in my journal, I actually picked out a verse from the first reading first, but the link wasn’t working to open it to the page that could remind me of the context. Anyway, I had thought about the fact that the scribes and temple authorities had questioned Jesus’ authority when I read the Gospel too. When I thought about it, in relation to who questions my authority to do the things That I do to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, I realized that this is a more worthy reflection on today’s readings for my blog. It is not any authority, per se, that I think about when I am deciding whether or not to post my reflection, it is the doubts that enter my head about whether I am really called to do this or if I am just putting myself out there, so someone will tell me how great I am. Jesus said that he has defeated the powers that create those negative thoughts in my head, and thanks be to God the authorities of our faith are not telling me to stop, because I would really need God’s help and grace to continue preaching then.
Personification: Love As my daughter asked me to pick her up, I couldn’t help but want to focus on the fruit of love this morning. As she squirms to get down on the floor and I have to put her back in her walker, I realize that self-control is the fruit that I should be focusing on. It is a fruit that I was not asked to focus on much when I was growing up, and even at age 40, I struggle with displaying this fruit in my life. Maybe, I will struggle with it my whole life, but I know that it is only by grace and through the power of the Holy Spirit that I will ever be able to e to conquer the desires of the flesh and things that lead me to despair in this life.
Prayer: Lord, help me to rely more fully on the holy Spirit and allow the fruit of self-control to be displayed in my life. Please keep me from displaying anger at things that are not evil, and only focus my attention on holy things. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen
- Why Read the Bible? – Day 10 of 32 – Sustenance of the Word (christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com)