Re:Verse reading—Acts 16:11-34 (day three) 

“The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.”  Jesus said that his Father is always working.  He also said he had “other sheep that are not of this sheep pen” and that “they too will listen to my voice.”  Just as with Lydia, who was already seeking the truth and had become convinced that God was where truth would come from if it would come, God is engaging people in ways that we do not know.  God has granted human beings a great deal of power—more than we probably realize—and we can employ that power to cultivate and nurture his work if we want.  We would be surprised to see the extent of God’s work in the world, but then again, our surprise might indicate how little we’ve been expecting it.  So, what can you nurture today?

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

One thought on “Nurture”

  1. That is true that God has granted tremendous power to us in decision making. We decide how we want to excercise our individual freedom and choices and relationships with God and others.

    The work of God will continue until Jesus returns. We will continue to nurture our relationship with God and with His children as well as with others on earth until Jesus returns. Until Jesus returns, God’s work for salvation will continue. A nurturing relationship with God and with others requires trust and faith in the Lord and continued engagement in the work of the gospel and believing in what we do as Christians. I am convinced!!

    Our frame of mind determines whether we succeed or fail in a task or assignment. Circumstances cannot defeat us if we align our purpose with God’s purpose to succeed. When our frame of mind is for God’s glory, nothing can get into our way of achieving it. When our frame of mind is to nurture relationship with God and with others, the Holy Spirit will lead the way!

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