Today’s Bible readings can be found at this link: Zechariah 4:1-14 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-13.

Zechariah 4:6  “So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”  (NIV)

            Sunday’s Super Bowl is an annual gladiatorial contest between two mighty teams whose players become warriors on the football field. Both sides use all of their strengths and skills to overcome the other, and the outcome is usually decided by either some clever point-winning strategy or an element of luck. Whatever the final result, the football athletes on the gridiron will have given their best for their team.

            As Christians, we are also meant to give the same commitment and devotion to the local congregation that we have joined. Our gifts and talents, as well as our faith and support, enable the whole church to continue the ministry and mission God has appointed. When we worship and work together, we are also given the added bonus of having the Holy Spirit in our midst. The Spirit’s powerful presence directs our ways and gives us the focus we require to be effective and purposeful in the church, across the congregation, and throughout the community. Without the Spirit, we are just a religious club; with the Spirit, we become disciples of Christ and servants of God’s Kingdom.

            In the Great Game of Life, the victory has already been won by Christ; all we have to do is to align our lives with His, so that more people can be brought into this important commission that Jesus has asked us to undertake and fulfill.

            So, whatever plans you have for this weekend, which may or may not include the Super Bowl, plan also to be in church with God’s people, to thank Him for Christ’s victory and also to be ready to serve His Son, Jesus, our Lord.

Point to ponder: How do I share my gifts and talents with Christ’s church?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You have called us to serve You in the world through the Church that You established. Encourage us to joyfully take up the opportunities of faith and fellowship, worship and service that You offer us each week. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

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