Conversion = Changed Life
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful appointing me to his service.” 1 Timothy 1:12
In 1 Timothy, the Apostle Paul is encouraging Timothy in the faith to cherish, protect, and preach the Gospel. The reason is that the Gospel's message changes lives. Indeed, at Good Shepherd the Gospel is preached so that our goal of making more and better followers of Christ can be met. We have been called to be shepherds, His hands and feet, for our Lord Jesus’ lost sheep. Ezekiel wrote, “I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak” (Ezekiel 34:16 NIV). Today Good Shepherd has been commissioned, like Peter and Timothy, to strengthen the weak, heal the sick, bring back the strays, and seek the lost.
When I was broken, the world did not care. But those who were faithful to Christ Jesus our Lord did. They strengthened me and brought me back to Jesus so I could be healed by Him. They reminded me of His forgiveness and His abundant love. Today I am blessed to be a part of Good Shepherd, a community of believers who I can trust to strengthen the weak and help others grow close to Jesus so they, too, can be healed.
Prayer for today: Father God, we pray Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will always be a place that positively impacts others for Jesus. Help each one of us to join in helping to expand God’s Kingdom and achieve Christlikeness by faithfully cherishing, protecting, and preaching the Gospel. Amen
Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”