Daily Devotional – Tuesday July 18 2006
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
Bless you this day. Though this is Tuesday, I am writing to you on Sunday. A Sunday when 5 new Christians were born through baptism At Saint Matthews. As I participated in this wonderful event, I was struck by the tremendous potential these very young (and not so young) have to make a positive impression on this world and to spread Gods love and grace throughout their lives. Will that potential be realized? Oh! I hope so. God wills it. Then I saw God’s will in action as the three teenagers recited their mission experiences. There it was, the potential of baptism being lived in front of me. What a wonderful thing!
This is the very potential that Paul was describing in his letter to the Gentiles in Rome in today’s reading. He uses the wonderful example of the olive tree to illustrate how God through Jesus Christ wants and accepts all who are willing to be grafted in and be fed by God’s love. He acknowledges that some branches must be removed (the unfaithful) in order to graft in new ones (wild olive trees – with potential through faith). This illustrates both God’s love and his judgment. I love Paul’s straight talk when he says “—if you boast, remember it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you”. So there!
Even those that have been removed to provide a place for the faithful can also be take back by the Lord through their repentance. In our human nature we have such tremendous potential to be good in the eyes of God. Jesus has showed us how to achieve our individual potential. May God bless those baptized today and us as well to see and achieve our full potential.
John Dickie, July 18 2006