Day 16 – October 25, 2012 – 40-Day Spiritual Journey

HOME SWEET HOME

READ Acts 16: 13-15

REFLECT

As the apostles were traveling from city to city preaching the gospel, God opened peoples’ hearts to who He is. When He does that, people believe the truth about Jesus Christ and are filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Even today, that Spirit gives believers great boldness.

Think of your home with me for a minute. Think of one of your longest days when you are completely exhausted and cannot wait to get home. Think of the relief you feel as you turn the key and open the door to such a familiar place. Think of the most comfortable place in your home. Think of the blessing that comfort is to you.

We live in a community that is largely blessed with comfortable homes, but not everyone enjoys such luxury. Globally, 1 in 3 children live without adequate shelter. 1 in 5 children do not have safe drinking water.(1) When the Holy Spirit enters our lives and empowers us to live boldly, what do we do with what we have been blessed with? How do we share our comfort? How do we give what we have been blessed with?

Lydia, whose heart was open to learning who God is, was baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Lydia became bold and empowered by the Holy Spirit. She not only invited, she boldly insisted (don’t miss that last part!), that others share what she had; her home.

BOTTOM LINE

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Lydia insisted that if they believed that she was a true believer, the apostles must stay at her home. She boldly invited them to share her comfort and
blessings for God’s kingdom and glory.

LIVE

Whether you have a one-bedroom apartment or numerous spare rooms, what would it look like to boldly invite others to share in your comfort and blessings? What would it look like to boldly invite others to share in your faith?

Take a minute to consider your greatest comforts and blessings.

PRAY

For the courage to give to others boldly out of the comfort and blessings you have received from the Lord. Ask God to inspire you by His Spirit.

(1) Source: Global Issues, The Human Development Report, Date Verified: 3.23.2012

Sarah Flemming

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