Tommorow, I leave with the staff team for our annual staff retreat. It’s a pretty important time for us as we build relationships and help everyone get aligned to the task before us as a team this year. I would appreciate your prayers that God will give us one heart and one mind.
Congratulations if you’ve been able to do a whole week of reflection on the gospel of John! I found today’s reading quite deep, with much to think about. For instance, I’m struck by John 3:17 ‘God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him’. Many who are not in church see Christians as judgmental and condemning. If you listened to my interview yesterday with Cess on Capitol FM, that came out pretty clearly! But that’s not what God put us here for. Our mission is not to put people in a box or to act as if we’re better than them, but through our love to live the kind of attractive lives that will point people to the One who can save them.
Which brings me to my brief for today… In John 3:2, Nicodemus says ‘Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him’. God is a good manager; when He delegates a task, He also provides the authority to get the task done.
Lord I pray today that you will supply tangible evidence that will validate to everyone around me that my ministry and calling are from you.