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Exodus 17; Luke 20; Job 35; 2 Corinthians 5

When Paul wrote his second letter to the Corinthians, he said

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5: 9-10 ESV).

The very purpose of my behavior should be to please Christ. Although I am not yet in heaven, I should remember that I was created to glorify God and draw attention to him, not to myself. In the end, I will appear before God just like everyone else. This prospect is humbling to me; I can put on all the appearances and airs I please, but when I face God, he will reveal my true character. Paul says to the Corinthians,

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5: 20-21 ESV).

I want my true character to revolve around my status as an ambassador for Christ. He died for my sins so that I can become righteous before God, something which would have been impossible without His sacrifice. Through all of this, I need to maintain a humble attitude. Jesus told his disciples

“Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feast, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation” (Luke 20: 46-47 ESV).

Jesus’s words are not just a rebuke of the scribes, they are also a warning to all his followers to remain sincere towards God, not putting praise of Him on display for the sake of higher repute with man. I need to let my servitude to God be evident in my actions and attitude, rather than just my words.

Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus Christ to die for my sins. Thank you for everything you have given me and the family that you have surrounded me with. Please help me to live my life as an ambassador for you and to remain humble while doing so. Please change me so that my true character is a reflection of your goodness and righteousness. In Jesus’s holy name I pray, Amen.

Asher (AsherB)

 

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Genesis 47; Luke 1:1-38; Job 13; 1 Corinthians 1

One of the first things which Paul addresses in his letters to the Corinthians is the need for humility, he said,

“God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to mothering things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1st Corinthians 1: 28-29, ESV).

Paul is instructing the Corinthians to remain humble, because they were chosen from groups that were considered shameful to people who considered themselves strong and wise. I need to remember to remain humble, because without God I would still be stuck within the depths of my sin. Paul continues by saying

“So that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1st Corinthians 1: 31, ESV).

I need to remember that nothing on earth is worthy of boasting about compared to God’s mercy towards me. It is good for me to stay humble at all times and remember what God has done for me. Paul also emphasizes the importance of following God rather than man, he says

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart’” (1st Corinthians 1: 18-19, ESV).

It is good for me to practice humility in the face of what God has done for me, because worldly pride is put to shame by God and his glory. Paul says,

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1st Corinthians 1: 25, ESV).

Dear God, thank you for all that you have done for me. Please help me to have a grateful heart, and please help me to keep my mind and heart on you, and not on the world. In Jesus’s holy name I pray, Amen.

Asher (AsherB)

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Genesis 40; Mark 10; Job 6; Romans 10

While Jesus was journeying with his disciples, he was approached by a rich young man claimed to have followed all of God’s commandments and wanting to know the way to eternal life. Jesus told him,

 “’You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ Disheartened by the saying, he [the young man] went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions” (Mark 10: 21, ESV).

In the end, it was not the young man’s lust or deceit that prevented him from following Jesus, it was his desire for riches and comfort. Jesus called the young man, and calls me, to sacrifice worldly possessions in pursuit of his service. Jesus wants me to be grateful for what I have and generous with what I have been given. He says,

“’It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God’… ‘Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions , and in the age to come eternal life.’” (Mark 10: 25, 29-30, ESV).

Jesus says that those who retain great riches will have a very hard time getting to heaven but promises that those who do give generously will receive back all that they gave and more in heaven. He wants me to have an attitude of servitude and generosity with my time and possessions.

Dear God, thank you for your holy Word, it helps me to understand your will for my life. Please help me to live my life in servitude to you, and please help me to be generous with what you have given me. In Jesus’s holy name I pray, Amen

Asher (AsherB)

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Genesis 11; Matthew 10; Ezra 10; Acts 10

It is easy for me to forget to spread the good news of the gospel, and it is even easier to delay that action because I am scared of what other people might think of me. In Matthew 10: 26-28 Jesus tells his disciples to

“have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10: 26-28 ESV).

Jesus is telling his disciples to not fear the men who might threaten and hurt them when they spread Jesus’s teachings. It is easy for me to worry too much about what other people think and do. Instead, I need to focus on my own walk with God and not worry about someone else’s opinion of me. Jesus further comforts his disciples by reminding them of how much God cares about them. He says

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10: 29-31).

This is a good reminder for when I am feeling down about aspects of my life. It reminds me that God cares about me even when I might not see how. I don’t doubt that it was a great encouragement for the disciples as well!

 

Dear God, please help me to follow You, and please help me to listen when You tell me to spread Your Word, without caring what other people might think of me. I know that Your approval is more important than the approval of anyone else in the whole world. Please help me to remember that. In Jesus’ Holy name, I pray, Amen.

Asher (AsherB)

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