Day Five: Pitching tents and building altars

Galatians 3:8-9, 14 (NIV)Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith… He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

As those who have been given the same blessing through Jesus Christ, we have received the promise of the Spirit. By faith Abraham spent his days pitching tents and building altars (see Genesis 12:7-8; 13:3-4, 12, 18; 22:9) – a lifestyle that showed he was available to God at a moment’s notice and how he worshipped God. May we also invest ourselves in what is lasting by building altars – “a temple of living stones, places of worship, communities of healing, houses of prayer, companies of prophets, schools of discipleship, bases of missionaries, colonies of heaven.” [P.Jason Park] May we hear God telling us where to go and call on the name of our Lord wherever we are.

Let’s worship to the song “Grace Is on Our Side” by Vertical Worship (Click here).

Let’s pray the following from the Book of Common Prayer (Collect for the Third Sunday of Epiphany): “Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”