Scripture Reading: Luke 1:1-2 (New International Version)

1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eye-witnesses and servants of the word.

Thought for the day:

Way back in 2016, James Richards mentioned the importance of passing on correctly the baton in a relay race. As the Olympics were being held in Brazil at the time, this had particular relevance. He went on to say that this could be applied to life in general. Every one of us has been given a particular ‘baton’ to carry during our lives. We have to ensure we run the race correctly but then pass on the baton to the next person or to the next generation. I’m sure that we all have memories of what God has done in our lives and it is important that we pass them on to our friends, relatives and succeeding generations.

Here in these verses we see this principle in action. Luke is writing down things that had been handed down to him. The culture was very different to ours and most things were passed by word of mouth. So, for Luke to record everything in writing was a big task and took a lot of effort.

Here in 2020, within seconds we can ‘flood the world’ with personal information that has little relevance to most people. I’m inundated with FaceBook messages like ‘Off to the shops now’ or Tweets such as ‘Feeling rough today. Need more time in bed’. Think for a moment what kind of legacy we’re leaving for future generations. What kind of picture of us would our grandchildren draw if they were given a complete list of everything we’d ever said, done or posted on social media?

We are witnesses of some incredible things here at Oasis Community Church. We have seen miraculous changes to people’s lives. We have seen God healing people, we have seen our children develop into remarkable young people who have a grasp of the Scripture in ways most of us didn’t have at that age. God is doing great things and we rejoice in His goodness and His grace.

Prayer and Application:

My prayer today is that we too learn to walk with the Lord in Take some time to reflect on what communication we make. In the light of these verses, do you think that as Christians we have a responsibility to share positive, good news with our friends?