Today's Lectionary Text
Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
Zechariah was left speechless because of his encounter with the angel Gabriel (see Luke 1: 8-10). It is magnificent that Zechariah received a prophesy of the Messiah. Zechariah could only share the good news! We live in a society where it is acceptable and even encouraged to cast hatred, bias, and judgement against our neighbor. As believers in Christ we are called to boldly share the Good News of the Gospel for all to hear! We must purge from evil that tells others that they are not loved because of their social statuses, and boldly proclaim that God created us in His perfect image.
When Zechariah could say nothing at all he was left to sing praise and prophesy. Is there an issue today that God is calling you to speak out for? How can we witness like Zechariah? I must also mention that Zechariah and Elizabeth influenced John the Baptist to be a prophetic leader? In Luke 3:3, John the Baptist went around the Jordan river sharing a message of repenting from one’s sins and being forgiven. What would the world be like if believers marched up and down the streets proclaim God’s love and a message of repentance of sins? It indeed is not an easy or convenient time to be a Christian. But there are many souls that have not been filled with the Holy Spirit. We must be like these biblical characters and grandly share the Word!
We seem to operate in a society that focuses on condemning one another instead of embracing the love and grace that God freely gives. instead of focusing on factors that cause division such as political affiliations, and social stratifications we must embrace the positive qualities that the Triune God blessed us with.
Emporia State University Campus Ministry
Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary- Master of Divinity Student
Prayer for Reflection
God, please guide us today to be prophetic leaders and following the footprints of our brother Jesus Christ. May we cast aside hate and put forward love. Amen.
*Devotion reprinted from 1/9/2019
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