Readings: Isaiah 55:8-11, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, Mark 4:1-8, 13-20
Attract or Attack?
Pastor Jon was sharing some Lutheran church attendance statistics, showing many declining or level attendance patterns across America. I initially typed in the meeting minutes, “How do we adjust and do something new to attack people?” Obvious typo - I meant attract people. There's too much attacking going on in our world, and not enough gentle attracting to God, but here's an interesting connection between the two. We know that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Scripture is our sword (Eph. 6:17), our mode of attack against the enemy, as well as our basis for teaching and training and being equipped for good work. The Word holds our attack plan and our attract plan! Isn’t that something?! All Scripture is God-breathed; that same holy breath that gave us the Bible, that filled Adam’s lungs, that brought life to the dry bones before Ezekiel, that “gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it…” (Is.42:5) is our breath, too. We are God-breathed and we should be drawn to His Word like oxygen. May our lungs be full and our minds renewed so we can do the good work He shows us. Will you do anything new this year to attract others to Christ and His church? Will you do anything new to attack Satan and tear down his strongholds in your life? God give us the strength to do it, Amen.