I remember sharing a summary of my job description with an assistant once. I said, “my job is to make promises and fulfill them”. Your job is to help me do it. Promises are important= they forecast a desired future. While I can’t and haven’t kept all mine, I desire to do so. God, keeps all of His. He is faithful and trustworthy. Once longstanding promise was to send the Savior (Christ) into the world. After Jesus ascension, He sent the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and the promise was extended to people all over the world. It was Pentecost, so Jews from all over the known world had assembled in Jerusalem. Thousands would leave with a promise to carry to their children- God sent His Son as Savior to the world. That promise became real to me some 41 years ago when I heard and repented and was baptized. I wonder who needs that promise today? God offers salvation as a free gift.
Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brothers, what are we to do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” Acts 2:36-39
What promises of God have been appropriated into my life? What promises is He asking me to keep today?
God, as this day begins- its a day to love and serve You by reaching out to people and sharing the love and life-changing message of hope- A Savior has come into the world. I am not a Jew, but the promise has been extended to me, a Gentile. For that I am grateful. May I extend the promise to others I know. And Lord, give me the energy, wisdom, and desire to be a Promise keeper.