By: Quentin B.
Readings: Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11; Psalm 36:5-11 (7)
The American Baptist Church’s identity campaign uses the tag line, “Serving as the hands and feet of Christ.” The prophet just about said it thousands of years ago, “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” (Isaiah 42:6-7) We’re called by God. That’s our discipleship. Furthermore, we’re called to be actively engaged in the world. Going to church every Sunday is not enough anymore. We’re given as a covenant to the people. God calls us to serve in the world. This call makes no exceptions. Where are the young adults? Where are the children? They want to make this world a better place. They don’t want to come on Sundays to get their ticket punched. They really want to be the hands and feet of Christ.
You called us, O God, to be your instruments of peace and justice. Help us to find the courage to risk being your hands and feet. Open us to being a church whose outreach truly reaches out to be a light to the nations, open eyes that are blind, and release the prisoner from the dungeon. Amen.