Saturday, March 23, 2013

Imagine No Malaria-Lenten Devotion Day 39: March 23

Saturday, March 23, 2013: Calling Out for the Kingdom of God 

Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they are?” 

We have three bird-feeders in our back yard. Most days, there will be anywhere from 20 to 30 finches and sparrows and half-a-dozen to a dozen dove feeding from these three bird-feeders. I try to wait until all three are empty before replenishing the supply of food in the bird-feeders. When I begin filling the feeders, if there is one finch or sparrow around watching, they begin singing. Within thirty-minutes after I finish this task of refilling the feeders, the flock returns to feed. One small bird singing, calling out to the other birds to come and feast for there is a fresh supply of food available. 

As I think about this one small bird calling out to the other birds, I think of the Great Commission given to the disciples and to us as we read it in Matthew 28:18-20. This one small bird in essence is sharing good news with the other birds. If we would take lesson from them, we too, could easily spread the Good News of Christ, in leading others to the spiritual food Christ offers us abundantly. Likewise, if we were to use this same approach to spread the word of Imagine No Malaria, we could also help in the fight to end malaria deaths in the world. 

What a challenge in a simple way - each one reach one for the Kingdom of God, to tell the Good News and to put our faith in action for our neighbors by helping to eradicate malaria deaths! 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to learn from the birds, so we become the disciples you call us to be. Help us to point others toward you in advancing the kingdom of God, and to serve our neighbors in as many ways as possible, including the inexpensive means that we can collectively help in eradicating malaria deaths from our world. In your holy name we pray, Amen. 

Rev. Tom Carter, Knox City United Methodist Church, Northwest Texas Conference 

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