BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, yor family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow inOne theme today is the fellowship not just between Paul's ministry team but between Paul and those he ministered to. The gospel builds a community of genuine love. But more dominant is the theme of Paul's ministry itself. It is affirmed by James (Jesus' half-brother) and the elders in Jerusalem. And it is not challenged by them urging Paul to show he was living in obedience to the law. Their intent was to show Jewish Christians that Paul was not undermining their freedom to keep living according to their inherited Old Testament practices if they wanted to - as long as they were trusting Christ alone for salvation. As you read note the different ways the importance of preaching the gospel is in evidence.
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.