“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” Often the Good News of the Gospel is shared through the amazing word of John 3:16 – “he who believes…shall not perish but having eternal life.” No less of a wonder however is the God displayed in John 3:17 who did not send his Son to condemn, but to save the world. Do I present God as one who is more interested in saving than condemning? Why or why not? Give us your heart O God.
“By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.” The Apostle Paul viewed his purpose and vocation as a piece of what God was doing to redeem the world. This big vision kept him focused on God’s heart for the world and a reliance on God’s grace and power to accomplish anything. What will define your purpose, calling, and vocation? How will your life be a part of spreading God’s Good News this year? Mighty God, empower me by your grace to serve faithfully this year. Amen.
“In His great mercy he has given us…” 1 Peter begins with good news as we begin a new year. Many look back at the year past and look ahead to the opportunities ahead. As Christians, this exercise always finds meaning, not in our own efforts, intentions, and desires, but in the great mercy God has given, in the new birth we have in Christ, and the living hope with have through his resurrection. What is your prayer as you begin a new year? – Your mercy O God, your birthing O Christ, your hope O Spirit. Amen.
|“My soul is poured out within me; days of affliction have taken hold of me…” The Book of Job is not a feel good song. We may be tempted to stay away from it. Yet, there is good news. The range of frustration to anxiety, discouragement to despair takes the honest person of prayer to lament. Job 30:16 affirms that lament is faith and such faith is honest prayer. What do you do when you feel days of affliction have taken hold of you? Teach us the honesty and faith of lament, that we may honestly find You there, O God. Amen.|