The Work We Do
Have you ever been frustrated after explaining something to someone only to discover that what you said was completely misunderstood? Then you might have some idea how the Lord felt (humanly speaking) about His disciples. He had told them He was going to suffer and die and rise again from the dead, but they did not understand. In fact, even after His resurrection, when reliable witnesses told them that He had risen from the dead, His disciples still did not believe. Finally, Mark tells us at the close of his Gospel, “Afterward, He (Jesus) appeared to the eleven themselves, and He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart. Because they had not believed those who saw Him after He had risen.” (Mark 16:14)
Those original eleven disciples were men with human failings just like us-men whose understanding was often limited and whose faith was sometimes weak. Yet it was to these very human men that our Lord said to go and take the Good News into all of creation. It was their task to tell the world that through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, there is salvation freely available for all people.
It is a joy to know that God uses us, weak and frail human beings, to announce His message of love and forgiveness. Our Lord gives us not only the task, but the power to perform it, just as He did with the original disciples. “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs” (Mark 16:20) Whether through our church’s support of the support of the worldwide reach of the Lutheran Hour Ministries, we have the assurance from our Lord Himself that He will bless these efforts and that this work and witness will not be in vain.
As His modern-day disciples, if we are faithful to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus into all the world, our efforts will be blessing as well. By God’s spirit of grace, He will work through our words and actions carrying His message to the end of the earth.
Remember the Lutheran Hour Ministries and look forward to seeing how the Lord will work through us. As Christians, you are a part of what God is doing through this ministry. Your prayers and gifts make a very real impact.
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