FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020

Acts 16:6-10

They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

Discussion

by R. Fergus Moir, Clergy Stuff

God calls us to help wherever it’s needed. Paul and his friends were wandering around trying to figure out where to go and share the good news next when Paul had this vision. And Paul went.

We don’t have to travel very far to find people in need of help. We live in societies ruled by the sins of injustice and oppression, in which God’s children are crying out for help. We don’t need to have mystical visions or dreams about it. All we have to do is open our eyes, read the news, listen to people’s stories.

It’s overwhelming if we think we have to address every single need. No one person can do it. I have to listen carefully to God’s call in order to figure out “What is my ‘Macedonia?’” And as soon as I know it, or even suspect it, like Paul, I need to go.

What is my ‘Macedonia?’