promise keepers

I’m heading to Boracay soon and I ran across this verse last night. It has been on my mind all day as I’ve thought about my role this week.

“I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,
to open eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.”

Isaiah 42:5-7

The last four lines have all sorts of practical implications, but I have been stuck on that first line today. It says that the people of God have been not just given a covenant, but given as a covenant. We (or specifically Israel) have been called to embody the promise, to actually BE the promise.

This changes the way I understand my role as a follower of Jesus. I am to be a servant first- a living, breathing keeper and giver of God’s promises. To shed light on the things of God. To help people see that God is very much available.

We’re so much more than a message. Perhaps Marshall McLuhan was on to something when he said “The medium is the message”.

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