Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the fleshand was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead.
Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
A man named Jack, so the story goes, was walking along a steep cliff one day when he accidentally got too close to the edge and fell. Fortunately he grasped a branch that kept him from plummeting more than a thousand feet. Jack began yelling for help, hoping that someone passing by would hear him and lower a rope or something. He yelled for a long time, but no one heard him. Ready to give up, he at last heard a voice from above.
“I can see you, Jack. Are you all right?”
“Yes, but who are you, and where are you?
“I am the Lord, Jack. I’m everywhere.”
“God, please help me! I promise if, you’ll get me down from here, I’ll serve you for the rest of my life.”
“Now, here’s what I want you to do, Jack. Listen carefully.”
“I’ll do anything, Lord. Just tell me what to do.”
“Okay. Let go of the branch.”
“I said, let go of the branch.” Just trust me. Let go.”
There was a long silence.
Finally Jack yelled, “HELP! HELP! IS ANYONE ELSE UP THERE?” author unknown)
Ever feel like Jack? We want faith until that faith demands a leap out of our comfort zone. Could more faith mean following more closely the footsteps of Jesus – which led him to the ridicule and suffering and death on the cross? Do we really want more faith? We may want more of the faith that will help us out – a faith that might heal ourselves or a loved one, a faith that gives us the assurance of eternal life.
But do we really want a faith that will make us more Christ-like? What is one way you could be more like our Lord? Something that really challenges you. Are you ready to ask in faith? He’s listening
Lord, you are waiting for us and, in fact, you will never stop looking for us first. Guide us to look into our hearts and ask if we have a heart that wants great things or a heart that is asleep. Let our hearts maintain a restlessness for you and, never tire of sharing the good news of your love and the promise of salvation with others who are struggling in life.