EVERY BELIEVER’S CALL
Read Galatians 6: 1-6
Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a
spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to
offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable
to God through Jesus Christ.
As an Upper Room intern who is blind, I have shared
laughter and tears with our Braille readers. While I initially
contacted them about
we found an unbreakable
bond in Christ Jesus. These
conversations reminded me
that we are called to be a
holy priesthood in Christ. But what does that mean?
As priest of Israel, Aaron interceded for the people —
demonstrated by the breastplate he wore: “Aaron shall bear
the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart” (Exod. 28: 29, kjv). Aaron carried the
children of Israel upon his heart as he prayed and offered
sacrifices for them.
We are called to do the same for one another, following
Paul’s exhortation to bear one another’s burdens in Christ.
In this way we fulfill that call to be priests, living stones, and
spiritual houses. While talking with my fellow readers of the
Braille edition of The Upper Room, it would have been easy to
say, “That’s not my concern.” But how could I hear their joys
and sorrows without bearing their burdens with them? Such
is the call to every believer in Christ. He bore on the cross the
burden of humanity’s sin so that we can all live abundant lives
as forgiven people.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, soften our hearts to those around us, and
help us to show them your love. Amen.
Brooke Pernice (Tennessee)
Prayer Focus: READERS OF THE BRAILLE EDI TION
— 1 Peter 2: 5 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
We can imitate Christ by
helping to bear one