#carmelprays – Acts 27:39-28:10
Opening Song: How Beautiful
Read Scripture: Acts 27:39-28:10
I (Wee Yee) grew up in Malaysia in a small town when I was a child. The lifestyle then was very different from my current life. My family lived next to a small road. We heard a few cars drive past, but there was no “morning rush.” Mostly I can remember the birds singing choruses and many mornings we were woken up by the sound of roosters and geese in our backyard.
There was one distinct sound that remains etched in my memory. It had nothing to do with nature. It was the humming purr of my mom’s sewing machine that frequently both put me to sleep and summoned me awake. For as long as I can remember, my mom’s image sewing on the machine, her demeanor – working quietly, focussed, patient, persistent all left a deep impression in my mind. My family was not rich, hence many times my mom would sew to “repair” worn-out clothes so that we could reuse as long as possible. She was simply faithful, doing what she could, sewing to benefit us.
In today’s text, someone was also faithfully sowing away. Paul, was guarded as a prisoner traveling to Rome at that time. Even though Paul became a prisoner, chained by men, but he was not chained from God’s work. He remained faithful in doing what he could, maximising his opportunity and time at Malta. He testified for God through ordinary tasks such as keeping a fire, praying and healing the chief official’s sick father. He quietly, without drawing attention to himself, merely focused on doing his part by patiently and persistently sowing faith wherever he was. His faith in God wasn’t just a tapestry he was weaving in his own heart; it was a legacy he was sharing with others through courageous acts such as when he removed the viper from his hand, praying and bringing healing to others who witnessed the power of God through his demonstration. He sowed faith into the hearts of others.
So here we are today, how are we seizing a moment to sow faith into the hearts of others?
- As parents or Bible teachers, how often do we ask God to use us through prayers of faith and thoughtful preparation to lead children placed in our care?
- As a believer, no matter what standing we are, how can we rise up to be useful in the smallest thing? Paul was a great preacher, yet he was also an unassuming worker when he was a prisoner, simply serving others even through gathering wood to keep a fire burning. How can we avail ourselves to be used by God to accomplish His purpose wherever we are?
- Think of someone who has invested in our foundation and knowledge of Christ. Thank and encourage those who came before us and guided us toward the light of Jesus.
Pray in Response
Dear Abba Father, today we humbly come before You to ask that You give us this daily wisdom to invest faith deposits in the people around us – family, friends, acquaintances, relatives and colleagues. Help us not to consider ourselves weak but remind us that we can be strong in the strength You have provided us to do even the smaller task for the good of others. At the same time, please help us to be grateful when others sow seeds of God’s Word into our lives. Keep us faithful and humble as we place our confidence in Christ, and live a life truly reflecting You. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
Response Song: O Church Arise
By Liang Wee Yee