Week of: January 13, 2019
Scripture: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased."
(Luke 3:22b, NRSV)
On this Sunday when we remember Jesus' baptism, we also remember our own baptism when we were claimed as a beloved child of God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can "resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves."
Baptism is our first call to ministry, where we name and face the powers of inequity in our world and bring love and hope to those places. Baptized as infants, as confirmands, or adults, we become a part of the community of faith. We are not alone; our gifts contribute to the community to make the world a better place. Perhaps we have the gift of listening, or the gift of compassion. Our ministry might be just beginning, or it may be changing and growing as we move through the different stages of life. Young or old, we are called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to show God's love.
Where is God calling you at this time in your life? This wounded world needs the healing your gifts can give. Remember your baptism. Remember your gifts! Dance, sing, ring, play, act, draw, sew, preach — share your gifts with the world. You are a beloved child of God, a manifestation of God's love.
Renew my call today, O God. Show me how to love through the gifts you have given me.
Retired Elder, The United Methodist Church
Consultation, Preaching, Teaching, Retreat Ministry
Photo: The Rev. Barbara Day Miller pours water into a basin during a worship service at Music & Worship Arts Week 2018. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)