September 6, 2019
Scripture: 1st John 2:28
And now, little children, remain in relationship to Jesus, so that when he appears we can have confidence and not be ashamed in front of him when he comes.
Thought for the Day: Too many people (and I have done it) read through this verse quickly and project it to some final day, when Jesus appears in ultimate glory. That could be true, but how often have you been cruising through life and suddenly had a Jesus-moment, an experience of the divine/holy. It was as if you were reawakened to who you are as a person of faith amidst the humdrum of daily life. The question becomes, when you found yourself unexpectedly meeting the Spirit of the Living Christ, were you ashamed of what you were doing? Or did you find yourself, like it was second nature, doing the work of Christ without even thinking about it? Even in those moments when we are left feeling a bit embarrassed, regretful or guilty, God will be gracious. At the same time, this challenges us to be about the work of making Jesus, and the Love First Life, central to our daily lives. What would it be like if we didn’t need to pause and ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do in this situation?” What if we intentionally trained ourselves so that in most situations, we simply were able to Put Love First?
Prayer: I may not be there yet, O Giver of Love, but I seek your assistance as I prepare myself to be an advocate of the Jesus-life. Amen.
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