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Sharing a Secret

One should think about us this way -- as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. (1 Corinthians 4:1, NET)

You know a secret! You know the deep and mysterious ways of God. True, you don't know all about God and, no, it's not really a secret, but you do know the most important thing there is to know: that God loves the world. You know just how deep and powerful that love is because you have seen it in Jesus Christ. If you have heard the gospel and made a confession of faith; if you have been plunged into waters of baptism (with either a little or a lot of water); if you have received the seal of God's promise, the Holy Spirit, you know.

You know that in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is a proclamation that God's love for you (and the world), is stronger even than death itself. You know that the way of God is not violence or coercion, but gentleness and invitation. God is a mystery to a world that believes might makes right and where being the strongest is seen as an opportunity to impose your will on others. It is confusing to some that discipleship takes place more as God wooing us than commanding us.

But you do know, and so you are a steward of that message. A message that is to be shared rather than hidden. Far too often it is a well-kept secret. One friend of mine has suggested that at church, our version of keeping a secret is to only tell two or three people! Maybe that would help. To be a good steward is to share what you know.

For Focus and Reflection: What are some of the ways I might reflect God's Love for the world?

Prayer: This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine...Amen.

Community of Prayer Stewardship Devotional
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