Not of This World
I just trashed the devotion I had written for today, after I became convinced that it is not what I want to put out there today. Now, more than ever, I long for the right words to say how beautiful and wonderful Jesus is, but sometimes the words sound too much like my own and not His. It is just because I am that desperate to shine Jesus bright, to counteract the negative in the world.
So what does God’s Word say about being in this world? In my devotions just now, I ended up in John 17, where Jesus is praying for His disciples. It is a tender passage. How He loves the disciples and how longingly He talks to God about them being okay in the world once He is gone.
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Matthew 17:14-16 NIV
1. We can hold God’s Word in our human hands! We have been given God’s Word. I hope I/we never lose that reverence for such a valuable gift. Through Jesus’ words that come from the Father, we know who we belong to and it is not this world, if we so choose! The Word saves lives and we can hold it in our hands.
2.We can also hold God’s Word in our hearts. We can take to heart all that God’s Word directs us to see and do. God’s Word, which comes from heaven can navigate our lives to His glory. God’s Word is a light! It directs and commands we follow in His way, the best way!
3.We can give God’s Word away. We can cheer the hopeless, help the hurting and tell the desperate that God loves them and we can show it to them in the Bible. We can give them our Bible or another Bible. There is such good news in there!
Though our world seems crazy, God has a plan and it is not for me to get all negative and caught up in bad news, like I do sometimes! We are here to spread good news! We have today. We may not have tomorrow, so let’s plant seeds today for the Lord. Let’s pray for opportunities today before we make our to-do list.
Just as vigorously as bad news is told, let us counteract with love and Your good news. We still have a voice and Your words. Help us to use them please. Let us hold Your Word in our hands and cherish it and feed on it. Let us hold Your Word in our heart and let us give away Your Word to those who are going through hard times. when we lose focus, or focus on the bad in the world too much, please lift our chins up to look at You and be filled anew with Your fresh vision. We love You so much and want to spend our days as You see fit. Amen
With love from the Father to you, have a wonderful day today!