Fruitful Living – Day 36

five-practicesReading:
‘Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy.’
(1 Peter 3 v. 15, The Message)

Reflection:
‘Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, Extravagant Generosity.
These are the practices of fruitful living. By repeating and deepening these we cultivate interior fruit of the Spirit as well as grow in our capacity to serve the world for God’s purposes. All are interwoven in practice, with each fostering inner growth and each manifesting outward consequence. However, receiving God, loving God in return, and growing in grace especially feed inner fruitfulness, while serving others and giving generously particularly bear fruit in the world around us. Fruitful living changes us inside, and through us transforms the world for God’s purposes.

John Wesley said,
‘It is the nature of the divine savour (salt) which is in you, to spread to whatsoever you touch; to diffuse itself, on every side, to all those among whom you are. This is the great reason why the providence of God has so mingled you together with others, that whatever grace you have received of God, may through you be communicated to others….’

Prayer:
Lord Jesus,
give me an opportunity today
to be salt and light
to speak a word in season
to shine with Your glory
that one other person might
encounter You
in me.
AMEN.

Challenge:
What do you consider your obstacles to offering God’s love to others?
What makes the invitation difficult for you to give?
Pray into those obstacles and challenges, and seek an opportunity to step out, in faith, and to make an invitation…

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