Devotion - January 23, 2013

Devotion - January 23, 2013

Daily devotion from Isaiah 61:1-6.

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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.

Isaiah 61:1-6


Feeling poor and brokenhearted?  Mourning or grieving?  Then hear what Jesus says.  He has come to preach good news to you, to proclaim freedom from the guilt of sin and the power of the devil, and to comfort you.  And he has some presents for you: a crown of beauty, the oil of gladness, and a garment of praise.

He also gives you a job description.  Now that you look good in his eyes, he gives you lives to rebuild and restore.  As you minister to others, he will take care of your physical and spiritual needs, providing you with far more than you need. 

At Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit anointed him to carry out his job description.  At your baptism, the Spirit anointed you to carry out your job description.

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for being there for me when my heart is broken.  Let me be a blessing to others, and keep me in baptismal grace forever. Amen.
 
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