In 1993, while living in a town on the banks of the Missouri River, we watched the water rise after a wet spring and days of rain. When local forecasters predicted flooding, many peopled asked, “What should we do?” In low-lying areas all around town, small groups of relatives and friends frantically began moving furniture and filling sandbags. These efforts were helpful, but the response was more effective when the emergency preparedness plan was activated and relief and emergency efforts were coordinated with local officials. Then, they followed a plan.
God has a plan, too, which is revealed in scripture. God calls us to action. In Acts 2, the new believers ask Peter, “What should we do?” He responds by telling them to repent, to turn from sin and turn to Christ. This plan doesn’t apply only to new believers. It applies to all Christians. Disciples are called to read and study the Word of God and then act. The Bible instructs us to go, repent, witness, teach, preach, heal, pray and listen.
God is calling you today.
This message is adapted from a devotion written by Jean Morehouse for Women of the ELCA.