Old Testament Lesson
We see the Lord instructing Jeremiah to tell the people about what is coming, about the trouble that is coming to their door because they would not listen. The prophets often told the people the things that they did not want to hear, in hopes that they would repent and return to God. But, they would not.
In life, we may hear things sometimes we don't want to hear. Our doctor may tell us to change our lifestyle. Our preacher may tell us to forgive an old hurt. Our parents or our children may say or do something that we cannot bear to hear. In these times, listen. Listen particularly if it is something that we need to hear or do, but just simply do not want to. Listen, and act. Be aware of how the Lord may speak and follow His voice when He does.
New Testament Lesson
1 Corinthians 14:1-12
We see Paul tell us today that the point of our gifts, that the point of all these things that the Lord has given us is so that the church can be built up and the Good News spread. The gifts that the Lord has given us: music, speaking, leadership, teaching, whatever gift you may have today, it was given you for a higher good. It was given you for purpose more than yourself. It was given so that we can do good and change our world, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Today, are we using what God has given us for a greater good? Are we using His gifts in the way that He would have us?
We see the Lord telling His followers, don't worry when you have to say something. Don't worry when you have to speak in my name. I'll give you what you need to have. I'll give you the words to speak. I think this comes down to trust. Do we trust Jesus to be there in the times that we need Him? Do we trust Him to give us the words, or the strength or the courage. He said that He would. Do we believe?
Today, may we find the power that comes when we live by the power of our belief. May we live in the power of trust. May we live in the power of grace.