"Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
John 20:21 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Are you ready to be sent out into the world? Jesus is really driving home the point as he is telling those around him AGAIN, "Peace be with you. I’m sending you out!" The wonderful part about being sent doesn’t mean that you have to go to a totally different country and serve as a missionary for the gospel. That is, unless that is what God is directing you to do. But for most of us, those that are just right outside of our door. A while back I attended some training for Chaplain certification and the mindset that was taught throughout that week was that all followers of Christ are called to be "ministers in the marketplace." That means we need to be diligent about being alert for those around us, while we are shopping, while we are at work, while we are pumping gas in our vehicles, checking the mailbox…quite literally any time we are awake. But notice what Jesus says first, "Peace be with you!" He reassures us AND sets the example for us. I tell you, if every boss or manager was like that, I think a lot more people would stay employed. =) So don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. It can be as simple as taking a shopping cart for someone at the grocery. Offering to clean someone’s car windows while at the gas pump (this one is always interesting when I do this). If someone looks like they are stressed or sickly, you can offer to pray for them.
Acts of Random Kindness.
Prayer for today: I pray that we would all be on the lookout for opportunities to show God’s peace and the transformative power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That we would remember the example that Jesus lived out and has called us to do. I pray that God would be glorified in all that we do in His mighty and wonderful name.
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God’s grace on you…