"Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!" (Luke 11:28 NRSV)
Near the end of the fourth week on Christopher Columbus' first voyage across the Atlantic, the night steersman called him to the helm. With fear in his voice he told Columbus that the compass had gone astray. When checking against the stars, it did seem that way. But Columbus surmised that they had come far enough west and south to have caused the stars to move. He instructed the steersman to hold the course due west by the compass and not the stars. The next morning when the sun rose, calculations proved the compass to be accurate.

Jesus said, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching." Christ's teachings are a moral compass which will guide us toward that which is right and away from that which is wrong. But more than that. Christ gives us his Spirit not only to guide us but to empower us to do what we know we should.

Lord Jesus, touch me today with your Spirit of empowerment. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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