S (Scripture): Luke 7:20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” 21 At that very time Jesus cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, and evil spirits, and granted sight to many who were blind. 22 So he answered them, “Go tell John what you have seen and heard: The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 23 Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”
O (Observation): John the Baptist is double-checking to make sure Jesus is the real deal. Jesus’ response: go and tell John what you see. What do they see and hear? Jesus has made the blind see, the lame walk…etc. The proof is in the fact that God’s Kingdom is breaking in.
A (Application): So often, we pray for help and for God to show up. We pray that the poor be fed, the naked become clothed. A wise person once explained prayers for the hungry and naked. This person said: “We should pray for those that need food and clothing. Then, we should go and feed the hungry and clothe the naked.”
That’s how this works for us. We pray and we work. We don’t just pray and hope for a miracle. (Though miracles can and do occur.)
We pray. And we realize that we are God’s hands. So we work. For God. For others.
And interestingly enough…when we work and give our time to others…we find that our deepest needs are met in serving others. Weird. God’s just weird like that : )
When was a time that God used you to bless someone else?
P (Prayer): God, help me to trust that you are at work and that you call me to be a good steward of that work…and to get involved. Amen.
P.s. Started my day yesterday by running a 5K in downtown Nashville. 39:50. It was HOT!!!