Hello brothers and sisters in Christ. Today was our first full day in Alaska, after our travel day. We got up early, had breakfast, did a morning devotion, packed up and headed south from Anchorage to Anchor Point. We saw some amazing examples of God’s great creation along the way. We saw some wildlife, beautiful mountains, and even a glacier!
The devotion from this morning talked about the faith of the Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13). In verse 10 Jesus says “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” What a compliment! This Roman centurion, who humbles himself in front of Jesus, by telling Him that he is not worthy of Jesus even entering his house, is told by God himself that one of his greatest gifts is his faith. The centurion has told Jesus how important and high ranking he is in Rome, and yet says that he is not worthy of Jesus even entering his house. This brought out a discussion of how we can use our gifts that the good Lord gives us while still being humble. Part of being humble is realizing that God has given you a gift to be good at something, and using that gift to the best of your ability. Some people look at others, such as athletes, or scholars and say, “well they are just showing off”, and while that may be true in some cases, I feel that those people are taking the gifts that they have been given and using them to the best of their ability, much like the centurion used his faith to heal his servant, without Jesus even stepping foot in his house!
Another great example of this is something that we got to see for the first time today. On our way out of Anchorage we had the privilege of seeing some Dall Sheep on a high ridge along the highway. As we watched them we started talking about how they walked around on the steep ridge without any trouble at all.
These sheep, even the little ones, have been given a gift from God, and you can bet that they use it to the best of their ability. They have tiny pointed hooves, and yet they walk and jump around effortlessly on the edge of these very steep rocks. While much of their gift is God given instinct, it is something that they are instructed in when they are little and requires practice for the rest of their lives, much like our faith. We are here in Anchor Point, Alaska to instruct and help the children of this community practice their faith and their other wonderful God given gifts, much like the Dall Sheep do every day.
Your brother in Christ,