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October 29, 2021 8:00 pm
Teenage gang leader Casey and his followers broke into homes and cars, robbed convenience stores, and fought other gangs. Eventually, Casey was arrested and sentenced. In prison, he became a “shot caller,” someone who handed out homemade knives during riots.
Sometime later, he was placed in solitary confinement. While daydreaming in his cell, Casey experienced a “movie” of sorts replaying key events of his life—and of Jesus, being led to and nailed to the cross and telling him, “I’m doing this for you.” Casey fell to the floor weeping and confessed his sins. Later, he shared his experience with a chaplain, who explained more about Jesus and gave him a Bible. “That was the start of my journey of faith,” Casey said. Eventually, he was released into the mainline prison population, where he was mistreated for his faith. But he felt at peace, because “[he] had found a new calling: telling other inmates about Jesus.”
In his letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul talks about the power of Christ to change lives: God calls us from lives of wrongdoing to follow and serve Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9). When we receive Him by faith, we desire to be a living witness of Christ’s love. The Holy Spirit enables us to do so, even when suffering, in our quest to share the good news (v. 8). Like Casey, let’s live out our new calling.
Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled a new calling was written by Allison Kita teenage gang leader Casey and his followers broken to homes and cars rob convenience stores, and five other gangs.
Eventually Casey was arrested and sentenced in prison. He became a shot caller someone who handed out homemade knives during riots. Sometime later he was placed in solitary confinement while daydreaming in his cell. Casey experienced movie of sorts, replaying the key events of his life and of Jesus being led to and nailed to the cross and telling him I'm doing this for you. Casey fell to the floor weeping and confessed his sins. Later he shared his experience with the chaplain who explained more about Jesus and gave him a Bible that was the start of my journey of faith. Casey said eventually he was released into the mainline prison population where he was mistreated for his faith but he felt at peace because he had found a new calling telling other inmates about Jesus in his letter to Timothy.
The apostle Paul talks about the power of Christ to change lives.
God calls us from lives of wrongdoing to follow and serve Jesus when we receive him by faith we desire to be a living witness of Christ's love. The Holy Spirit enables us to do so even when suffering in our quest to share the good news like Casey. Let's live out our new calling today Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from second Timothy chapter 1 verses six through 14 for this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life, not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel and of this gospel, I was appointed a Harold and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am, yet this is no cause for shame because I know whom I have believed and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. What you heard from me keep is the pattern of sound teaching with faith and love in Christ Jesus guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Let's pray dear God, thank you for offering us a new calling for your son and thank you for giving us the spirit to live inside us to guide and empower us to serve you. It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Thank you for listening.
I Rachelle Traub and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries