The apostle Paul constantly encouraged the early Christians to not only have faith, but take that faith out into the world using the message of Christ knowing that the power of the Holy Spirit was not just with them but actually in them!
We hear that same message today but we may say to ourselves and maybe even to others: “That isn’t realistic, it’s just impossible in this day and age!” Saint Paul would tell us that we can’t even in our wildest imaginations, comprehend the power of the Holy Spirit within us. Nothing we can ask or imagine to do in Jesus’ name is impossible.
The Christian life is not just a private affair of our own. If we claim to be a member of God’s family, not only do we accept the fact that He is our Father but we must then acknowledge that every other believer in the world, whatever their nation or denomination, is our brother or sister in Christ! This is a wonderful truth and a true mystery of our faith. A suggestion: Let’s go forth this week and share the all-encompassing and overwhelming love of God with our families (the best place to start), and with our friends, our neighbors and other people we meet. Let’s pay attention to what they are saying. Let’s be encouraging in everything we say and do. People need to know, that through the grace of God, we really do care. And as we go let’s remember Saint Paul’s words to us in his letter to the Ephesians: “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask for or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen!”
Peace, Deacon Steve
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC