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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 23, 2014

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SATURDAY, August 23

Acts 9:15. Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel.

God is not so grand that he does not work with individuals. There’s the story of Saul, to be renamed Paul, whom God made blind so that he might see.

But God is not so small, either, that individuals are the end of the story. Even the dramatic event in which Saul is blinded on his way to Damascus is not about Saul all by himself. Christ’s interest in Saul is that Saul has a purpose for others. Saul’s salvation is in Saul fulfilling his purpose for others.

Faith is not a self-centered love affair between any individual and God, as if there were no one else in the world. Faith begins with the love of God, or rather, with God’s love for the individual. It is never intended to end there. It must show forth in love for others. If it doesn’t, it is God’s love gone wrong by our failure to respond and serve.

Salvation begins with an experience of God, just as it did for Saul. But it is no salvation at all if it doesn’t lead to being an instrument of God’s love far beyond oneself.

PRAY for the Diocese of Gboko (Abuja, Nigeria)

Ps 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Job 3:1-26; Acts 9:10-19a; John 6:41-51

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