Psalm 83:1-4, 13-18; Exodus 4:10-31; Revelation 3:1-6 (NIV)

In the Psalm God’s people cry out to God to protect them from their enemies. They put their trust and safety in the Lord’s hands.  We look to God for protection against enemies such as Covid-19, violence, suffering, etc. We, too, pray for protection as we make our journey in faith through this life.

God wants to do more than just protect us.  The Lord wants to send us into the world in mission and to live out our particular calling and ministry.  We see this with Moses.  Sometimes like Moses we do not feel up to the task, or equipped to accomplish what God wants, or gifted enough to fulfill a particular ministry that God is urging us to do.  That’s natural.  But as we see in Moses life, God does not send us out alone.  The Lord is with us and we are part of God’s people, the community of Christ, the church.  So we too, need to respond in faith.

In Revelation 3:1-6 we learn about the church in Sardis.  There they “have a reputation of being alive, but…are dead.”  They need to “Strengthen what remains and is about to die.”  They have “unfinished” deeds.  The appear to be alive but they are dying.

That can happen to us. On the outside we appear to be alive; we appear to be doing Christ’s work and ministry but on the inside we are shriveling and dying; losing our spiritual vitality.  I encourage you, even in the difficult world of 2020, to keep praying, reading the scriptures, and worshipping the Lord with God’s people whether in Online Worship or in Live Worship.  We need to attend to our spiritual vitality and strength in Christ Jesus.  And we need to go out into our world and allow Jesus to work in and through us.

Remember Jesus words: ““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing… I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:5,11).  

Prayer- God of hope, wholeness, and strength, hear our prayers to remain connected and strong in the Lord Jesus, that we may serve Him well. We make this prayer in Jesus’ name.  Amen.