Daily Devotion, 6-12-2020 - Focus on the Good News

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – June 12, 2020
Reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-10
Focus on the Good News

As I type this morning, the news is on in the background and there is no real good news. Headlines on this day include “Spike in COVID 19 Cases”, “Wall Street Party is Over”, “Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone Experiments in Life without Police” and the list of controversial, sad and divisive news items goes on and on. If we listen or read the news, it is enough to discourage us and to drag us down.

The apostle Paul knew about suffering through difficult times and enduring persecution for standing up for what was right. In Paul’s case, he was able to endure and have strength by staying focused on the grace and goodness of God. He trusted in receiving insight from the Lord Jesus Christ on how to stay focused and teach and share the gospel with others. Paul's gospel message is this: Jesus Christ, descendant of David, was raised from the dead and therefore, is victorious over sin and death. This Good News cannot be chained. God provides  insight and opportunities for this Good News to be shared by those who are strong in the grace that is in Jesus Christ.

So instead of listening or reading the news and letting that preoccupy our minds, be strong and listen to how God spoke to Timothy through Paul. Let’s find our strength and endurance during these difficult times by leaning into the grace we have in Jesus Christ. Let us commit to continuous learning and growing in our relationship with God so that we might teach others. Follow the rules, work hard and know that God will give all of us insight as we run the race and focus on the goal of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others.

Dear God, thank you for your grace that comes to us in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit. Help us to focus, learn and grow in this grace and not be discouraged by the bad news of this world. Instead give us insight on how and where to share the good news of Jesus’s victory over sin and death. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

 
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