Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

What's it all about?

Last week here at Mount Hebron Presbyterian we asked the question "Did you see that?” and contemplated how sometimes we miss out on what God is doing in our world. Our sermon from the day can be found here.

No matter where we are in our life journey, most of us, at some time pause to ask ourselves the question; “What are we here for?” Sometimes asking that question will lead us to develop our own personal “mission statement”... or at least decide on what our priorities are going to be for the upcoming year.

In the very first sermon of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of Luke, (Luke 4:14-21) Jesus gives us His personal mission manifesto.
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because He anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord."

Central to this proclamation is the idea that Christ’s coming was the dawning of the time of the “Lord's favor.” The poor would have some good news. The struggling ones would find release. The ones who couldn’t see would receive vision. The ones who felt like they were being walked all over would walk free.

We can apply this text to our own lives. Where do we feel impoverished? What are we seeking to be released from? In what areas do we feel life is trampling all over us? Where in our life are we seeking direction?

To believe that Jesus Christ is a Savior means allowing Him to be our Savior. To prayerfully seek His perspective on the struggles of our lives. To seek to apply the scriptures’ teaching to our daily dilemmas.

The promise remains the same. The Holy Spirit is still the Counselor, Comforter and Guide. Christ’s living love has not lost any of its power to renew and refresh our lives.

We only get one shot at life. As we travel through 2019 let us continue to prayerfully seek God's guidance for our lives and allow the teaching of Jesus to define our personal aspirations and hopes. Of course, we will sometimes fail to live up to even our own aspirations. Thankfully the love of Jesus is always there to forgive us and take us to a better place.

For some music, a worship song composed by Eddie Espinosa “Change My Heart Oh God.
Prayer: “Lord help me today to apply Your love to the situations I am struggling through. Remind me when I give up on myself that You never give up on me. May this day be a day of the Lords favor! Amen.”

The Reverend Adrian J. Pratt B.D.

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