In chapter 5 of Craveable, Artie Davis ends chapter 5 with the thought, “People have to like me before they will listen to me” (Davis, Artie (2013-02-05). Craveable: The irresistible Jesus in me (p. 37). Passio. Kindle Edition). The whole idea or concept of the book is becoming a person that reflects the image of Christ and causes others to want to be like Him. What the author says is true! People do not listen to those people they do not like! We fool ourselves thinking that people will listen to us just because we are right! The battle for the “right” has left many bodies strewn along it’s path! John Maxwell says that, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Being right about something should also have the physical component of us expressing “being right” in how we carry ourselves and interact with others!
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be
given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
- We should pray at all times, good or bad, thick or thin.
- We should pray for others and ourselves. We should ask for prayer.
- We should pray as God’s ambassadors to this world.
We should pray at all times, good or bad, thick or thin.
- Whether things are going well or not so well, we should be bringing our prayers to God.
- As humans, we have a tendency to only come to God when we need something. Or, we only thank God when we were getting what we want. No matter what we are going through, we should be talking to our Father.
We should pray for others and ourselves. We should ask for prayer.
- Paul asks with a great sense of self and of longing for his audience to pray for him.
- When did it become a sign of weakness to ask for prayer?
- We should be committed to pray for each other.
- Reading is the way you get through the Bible; prayer is the way you get the Bible through you.—Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker
We should pray as God’s ambassadors to this world.
- Prayer gives us the strength, the vision, the message to share with others.
- Prayer is our power source. When setting goals, we should start and end with prayer.
- Paul is in prison yet still presents the World boldly. He has good prayer support.
The day of Epiphany is twelve days after Christmas at the end of the season known as Christmastide.
The Christian feast day celebrates that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ (Wikipedia). This revelation of God’s humanity is one of the greatest triumphs of Christianity.
Normally, when a people or a culture idolize a person, that person is usually depicted as strong and indestructable, powerful. We picture conquerors, commanders, and conquistadors (hey, I was going with the alliteration thing). We elevate our heroes. We put them on pedestals. Even the term idolize conveys a sense of worship.
Our hero, our leader, went from divinity to humanity, from everything to nothing, from the highest to the lowest. Jesus became human, so humans could become like Him.
So, if our highest goal is to become more like Jesus, if our endgame is to be like Him, if He is the perfection to which we are traveling towards, then we must first acknowledge our own humanity. But through that humanity recognize the spark of divine that is in each one of us.
Thank you, Lord, for the day of Epiphany! Thank you for your humanity! Thank you for you divinity! Thank you, Emmanuel, for being with us!