LEA Weekly Devotion
Mindful Matters series 2021
Week of February 28, 2021
When it comes to messengers, with whom would most people identify—Gabriel or Twitter? While Gabriel has an age advantage and had an impressive client, Twitter is currently the more prominent. On those days when you synapses aren’t firing efficiently, one might mull a scenario of Twitter making a quick trip to see how the men in the fiery furnace, Daniel in the den, or Mary in impending parenthood were doing. Okay, so we should leave such mulling unmulled.
Something more useful to ponder could be relationships with Twitter… er, angels. God used angels for protectors as well as messengers to deliver both good news and bad. Early in history (Gen. 19), the same angels that announced the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah were the ones who got Lot out of town.
And who could forget this? “Listen, you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:31–32). Messages come and go, as do messengers, but Gabriel is likely still angeling, and God’s message causes annual celebrations. Today, God’s messages and His rescue lie in the pages of the Bible.
Back to you and angels…. No, you aren’t one, nor will you be after you die. You’ll always be you—and a much better you—a perfect you, if you don’t mind my saying. While you’ll have to wait to enjoy that, your role now is to be a messenger.
You have disciples and potential disciples sitting before you. You have an incredible message for them—a message transmitted not by Twitter but by what you say and do and by how you live and work. You are God’s messenger not by virtue of how you travel or if you qualify for the Heavenly Host Choir. You qualify because God commissioned you to proclaim the salvation won for sinners by Jesus Christ.
Music matters: A little Christmas in Lent (Excuse me, but I think we could use a little of that right now. If going off liturgy offends you, please don’t listen.)
Mindful matters: What obstacles exist to the message of Christ, and how can you help address them?
Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
Director of Communications
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