Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
February 19, 2022
Short & Sweet Saturday…
Paul’s Labor for the Church
24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.
25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—
26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.
27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.
29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Paul was highly aware of the work the Lord had entrusted to him. He knew that he was equipped to teach, train, and go where others were often unwilling to go. Paul was willing to stick his neck out in ways that many people commonly shy away from, and the risks he took often included pain.
Paul’s work gives us a glimpse of what it looks like when we take the risk to do what Jesus calls us to do, where and when He calls us to do it.
Each of us has been given a set number of days on this earth. We’ve been given unique personalities, wisdom, strength, relationships, and opportunities. I believe the Lord wants us to capitalize on the unique set of resources and abilities He’s blessed us with.
We have a life’s work that we’ve been sent into this world to accomplish. It may be expressed through our vocation, or it may be expressed in a way that has nothing to do with how we earn a living.
Every effort, every hobby, and every occupation or profession can be something we submit to the Lord’s direction and seek to use for His glory.
In God’s economy, I don’t believe there is work that is secular and work that is sacred. It’s all sacred when it’s done for His honor. The questions is: are we working for His Glory?
One More Thought
Our Story Indwells God’s Story
Everything changes when you know the rest of your story! In 2 Samuel 22:25, David says, “God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.”
But what is the text of our lives? Self-help gurus and magazine headlines urge us to “find our narrative.” “Look inside ourselves,” they say. But the promise of self-discovery falls short.
Our story indwells God’s. This is the great promise of the Bible.
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.
Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eyes on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. In his story, we’ll find, there’s more to our story!
Lord, I pry that you continue to direct my life to fulfill the plan that You have always had for me. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
© Credits: Alan Dupuis, John Stange and Max Lucado – with All the Glory to God