Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Psalm 119:89-96 (The law of God gives life); Jeremiah 36:1-10 (The scroll is read in the temple); 1 Corinthians 14:1-12 (The assembly’s gifts)
What is it that draws us back into the mind of God? We believe our lives are right with God and don’t realize that we are slowly drifting away from that strong relationship we once had. It is so easy to go through the motions without that intense love for the Lord that we had when we began our relationship with Him. For Peter, it was the call of the cock in the courtyard of the high priest’s house. What draws us back? What draws me back?
Paul reminds us that one of the best ways to get back on track in our relationship with God is hearing His word proclaimed and hearing teaching that I God-inspired. In dealing with the issue of spiritual gifts, Paul reminded the Corinthians to focus on the proclamation and understanding of God’s Word. People were, dare I say it this way, fooling around with lots of gifts that had showy appeal and they were confusing others and being confused themselves. Paul described the effect like this: “Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:9) We need a clear message from God, today. So often those outside the church seek to find ways to mute the message of the church or dilute the witness of Christians. God calls us to go in power. As we draw closer to Him, we know more of what He wants, and we enter the battle for the world with confidence. As we share the message that God has for us with others, we clarify our call and we can go into the daily battles with the world with full confidence.
Lord God, help us to prophesy in Your name. Help us to proclaim Your word clearly and be prepared for the battles that lies ahead.