2/9/23 Devotional from Ed
February 9, 2023
Text: Micah 6:8
He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?
Raise your hand if you'll be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday. Now keep your hand up if you're secretly watching the Super Bowl just for the advertisements.
In an article I read this morning, it mentioned that many successful companies became "iconic" after they chose to "address the collective anxieties and desires of a nation," sometimes using humor, sometimes not, in advertisements.
While you may or may not agree with (or like) all advertisements you'll see this weekend, we've all made the decision to support God's chosen vehicle for spreading God's love in this earthly world: God's church.
And what is the mission of God's church? See the text from Micah above.
We're coming up on the 60 year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," and if you've never read it, think about spending some time reading it this month. He urges God's church to not be more "more cautious than courageous" and not remain "silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained glass windows."
May we all think about ways we can be stretched, pushed, and encouraged to continue God's challenging, hard mission and work in 2023. It is this work that has the chance to "address the collective anxieties and desires of a nation" in a permanent way.
Prayer: Holy God, fill us with your Spirit this day and beyond. We give you thanks for the life of Dr. King, a life that set a standard for us on how to love you and our neighbor. May we continue to follow this example and keep doing your work on this earth. Amen.