COLLECT OF THE WEEK
We encourage you to post your own reflections, questions or discussions in the comment section located at the bottom of the devotion.Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 218
Today’s Gospel reading starts with the big one, John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.” If you had to extract one verse from the Bible to convey God’s message to humanity, this would be it.
Christians notice this famous verse everywhere – on bumper stickers, on billboards, and even at football games where someone is holding it on a sign in the end zone so that people will see it on TV. Our challenge is to get non-Christians to notice it, too.
A recent estimate is that 25% of the world’s 7 billion people have never been exposed to the Gospel. Let us pray for those who have yet to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ; let us pray that our lives and words may be a part of their hearing! May eyes and ears be opened to receive God’s way, truth and life in all the world.