Fruitful Living – Day 39

five-practicesReading:
‘Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.’ (Daniel 12 v. 3)

Reflection:
‘What is it about your life or mine that would make someone else want to be a follower of Jesus Christ, a person of faith, a part of the congregation?
The purpose of inviting other people to follow Jesus is to help them rediscover love – God’s love – and to provide a community that gives sustained focus, energy and resources to developing the spiritual life. No other community besides the church has as its purpose the deepening of such elements of the human soul as hope, forgiveness, generosity, service, joy, peace, justice, gentleness.’

Prayer:
Jesus, shine through me
Spirit, flow through me
Creator, do Your best through me
Holy God, cleanse and purify me
Gracious Father, pour out Your mercy and Your renewal upon me,
so that they overflow into every encounter today.
AMEN.

Challenge:
Take some time (maybe make some notes) today to think through the spheres of influence in your life (circles of friends, colleagues, neighbours), and pray for an increasing openness to talk about the spiritual aspects of living, and in the opportunities for disciple-shaping conversations.

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