“…because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.” --1 Thessalonians 1:5
After years of walking with my infant son, then walking with my toddler and my newborn daughter, then walking with my preschoolers, and finally walking by myself, my family adopted a dog. Then I started walking with the dog. I like walking the dog. It is one of the pleasures of owning a dog, I think. Still, it is a pleasure I cannot forego. I have to get up and take her out in the morning, or there will be a mess on the floor. I have to take her out in the evening, or she will chew the furniture in her boredom and restlessness. Now I walk for her sake as much as for mine. We walk in faith for others’ sake, too. Of course we find peace and joy and forgiveness for ourselves when we follow Jesus, but we also begin to understand the importance of bringing peace and joy and forgiveness to others. This is a calling we cannot forego. It is the impetus of the gospel. We have to do good works; we have to share our story. We have to prevent mess and damage and destruction whenever we can. When we walk in faith, it is for everyone’s good.
Dear God, Keep me walking in faith for others’ sake as much as my own. Amen