October 20, 2016
Where were you fourteen years ago? Where was I? I was living in Corpus Christi, TX serving God’s wonderful people at Trinity Lutheran Church. However, it wouldn’t be long before the Lord moved me to King of Kings in San Antonio to do the same.
Fourteen + years have gone by now. That’s a lot of time with regards to ministry and connection with people and places. As I begin my read through chapter 2 of Galatians, it seems that Paul hasn’t been to Jerusalem in 14 years. Yet, he returns with Barnabas and Titus (v.1). They meet with Peter, James and John, pillars of the faith (v. 9). Those three extend the right hand of fellowship with these other three. Three men for the Jews…three men for the Gentiles. Each were a small missionary team focused in different directions. They weren’t trying to reach ‘everyone’ but they had a focus. A God-led focus. Much may be unknown about their ministry, but one thing is revealed…they would remember the poor (v. 10).
As I ponder the focus God has given me in my life, I’m first focused on my family; those God has purposely and most intimately given me to share His love with. Of course, my wife and children, but also those in my family that don’t live under my roof. The focus is much broader than just my family. I live in a world that needs the light and love of Jesus. My neighbors and coworkers, my congregation and the circles of influence they have, oh, I pray for God’s strength and direction so that my life and testimony may be of some value for others for His sake.
PRAYER: God, I am grateful for the many opportunities in life to share the gospel of Jesus, Your Son, my Savior. Help me be focused on those You place in my life and lead me to expand my horizons and areas of influence according to Your will. May You work in me to be a blessing to the poor, whether it be poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3) or in materialistic blessings. Amen.