GPS: October 18

By October 18, 2014Devotional

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 8:40-48

Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue.  He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying.  As he went, the crowds pressed in on him.  Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her.  She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. Then Jesus asked, “Who touched me?”  When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.”  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.”  When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.  He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

Food For Thought:

I have always been fascinated by the story of the woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She goes out of her way to take a risk, and her faith is rewarded for that. I think being a Christian is about taking risks ― putting yourself into uncomfortable positions, reaching out to those on the fringes, making yourself look foolish for the gospel. It is not a safe endeavor; it is an endeavor of risks. Think about a time when you have taken a risk for your faith. What did it feel like? Have you been playing it safe in your life or taking risks for Christ? If you have been playing it safe, what is one risk that you need to take in regards to your faith? If you have been risk-taking for God, how has that felt?

Prayer:

Redeeming Sustainer, visit your people 
and pour out your strength and courage upon us, that we may hurry to make you welcome
 not only in our concern for others, but by serving them
 generously and faithfully in your name. In your precious name we pray, Amen.

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