Epiphany: Share Your Gift

Epiphany January 6
Read Mark 4:20, 21-25, and Acts 4:23-31

Eventually, the seed bears fruit.
Eventually I have a light that needs to be put on a lampstand and not hidden away.
Eventually I begin to speak with a boldness I never knew I had in me — a boldness which, in fact, I did not have in me before!  Indeed, that boldness, that courage, is a gift from God that enables me to do the work God calls me to do, whether loudly and publicly or quietly and personally.

Growth and the harvest are fed by prayer.  After the authorities arrested, questioned, and then released Peter and John, the friends of Peter and John prayed to God for boldness: “grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness…. When they had prayed, … they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.”

I remember Crossan’s comment about the mustard plant, which Jesus likened to the Kingdom of God:

The point, … is that it tends to take over where it is not wanted, that it tends to get out of control, and that it tends to attract birds within cultivated areas, where they are not particularly desired. –Crossan,
John Dominic, Jesus, A Revolutionary Biography (NY,NY: HarperCollins Publisher) page 65

In God’s good time, I am led to speak out against injustice at work, to defend the defenseless, to change my lifestyle as God leads, and to advocate for the values in my life that I believe God wants me to pursue.  How others receive this is no longer important to me — provided my relationship with God leads me to be bold out of a passion for justice joined to compassion for God’s children.

In God’s good time, my light begins to shine.  If I recognize that light as coming from God, I need only put it on a lampstand.  I am compelled to share God’s gifts — in whatever form God gives them to me or develops them within me — with generous abandon.  I trust God to bring forth the results God wants.

This is the last post in this series.

Consider: Continue to feed your personal relationship with God through meditation and prayer with the disciplines you have practiced during Advent and Christmastide.


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About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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