My pastor said that the most popular question that is asked on the church’s web site is, “What should I wear?” I thought about how last Sunday I must have changed my outfit at least three times. And than I read Janet’s blog (2/2/14) before I left. I was reminded that I should be more concerned about preparing my heart for worship. This helped me to take the focus off myself and love others with my imperfections, instead of trying to hide and cover them up.
“ Any person with a serious skin disease must wear torn clothes, leave his hair loose and unbrushed, cover his upper lip, and cry out, “Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as anyone has the sores, that one continues to be ritually unclean. That person must live alone; he or she must live outside the camp.” Lev 13:45-56 MSG
I am beyond grateful that Jesus sees me as clean and welcomes me in…
“During the meal, Jesus took and blesses the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples: Take, eat. This is my body. Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them: Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, God’s new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of sins. I’ll not be drinking wine from this cup again until that new day when I’ll drink with you in the kingdom of my Father.” Matthew 26:26-29 MSG
Sometimes I can forget and take it all for granted. That’s when He tells me like He told Peter…
“Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.” Matthew 26:40-41 MSG
Dear Jesus, please forgive me when I get tired, sluggish and when I set my mind on and grasp for other things (Jesus Calling, Feb.5). Thank you for loving me despite this. I pray that my mind would be controlled by Your Spirit and peace. Amen. (Romans 8:5-8)