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The Bible tells us that God was at work in Jesus, bringing about God’s will in the world.

But you may wonder just what that looks like. What was God up to in the life of Christ?

This time you have chosen to give yourself to quiet devotion may give you a clue. See if you can learn more about God now.

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Listen

If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:16-18

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Think

What is the gospel? We see this word in scripture and hear it at church, but really, what is the gospel? Simply put, the gospel is the written account of Jesus’ life. Some people refer to it as “good news,” meaning the story of Jesus’ life should be seen as just that. Good news, a welcome piece of information, that God sent Jesus to live on earth, to show us how to live, to die as a sacrifice for us, and then to be raised again!

Jesus came to earth to bring good news to us, to humanity, that God loves us that much! And Paul (the writer of 1 Corinthians) is correct when he claims that he should share this good news with others. Good news should always be shared. We should join with Paul in telling others about God’s love.

Susan Reed

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Pray

God of love, thank you for the good news that comes through Jesus, through his love and example set for me. Help me to truly want to share that love with others. Amen.

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Go

Whatever you are facing,
No matter how hard the road,
Christ is still in Jesus,
Helping to carry your load.

Susan Reed

Susan Reed is an associate pastor (minister with youth and college students) at Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Susan is an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan and aspires to be more “green.”

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