The biblical word that joins our two conversations together today is "yoke" (pun intended!). In Acts 15, Peter exhorts the Jerusalem Counsel not to place upon Gentile converts to Christianity the "yoke" of the Jewish rabbis that nobody has been able to bear up under, and Comer exhorts us today to see Jesus' yoke as the equipment He uses to join us to His unhurried way of life.
Day 50! In the midst of so much going in our world, with a global pandemic and nationwide hurt, anger, and fear, God's Word still has something to tell us. Acts 14 shows us that ethnic and ideological divides are nothing new, even in the church, but the truth of the Gospel is what truly saves us. Comer reminds us that each of us gets no more than 24 hours each day, so learning to value our time and use it in meaningful ways will give us the full life God intended us to have, without regrets of wasting it.
The events of this weekend, with the protests and violent riots hitting pretty close to home, have led to a lot of introspection in our household about where God is in the midst of it all. We pray that the hope we have in Jesus is a stronger uniting power than any we know that may try to pull us apart.
As we celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, we pray that the Spirit of Jesus that first enlivened and mobilized the church to spread the Gospel would always be in our midst. May we continue to be the Church "to-go," even as our society cautiously begins to open its doors to those who are seeking good things, and may the Spirit continue to fill us with an abundance of Jesus' presence and peace.
Day 48! Acts 13 marks the beginning of Paul's missionary journeys, sent out by the Holy Spirit, and in Proverbs we learn to rightly value the place of parents and God's leading. Comer encourages us to recognize the symptoms of "hurry sickness" and take action to counteract them by paying attention to what God is doing around us.
Day 47! In Acts 12, God points expresses through Peter's release from prison that nothing can stand in the way of the Gospel, and in Proverbs, we are exhorted to find wisdom through self-awareness and true growth. Comer gives us a brief history of speed, and encourages us to notice the dangers of a sped-up, hurried world.