September 28, 2000

Devotional from Jan Ross

Today's Devotion
Thursday, September 28, 2000

"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost."  (Matthew
18:11)

Today's Thought

By nature, we are lost souls . . . just as a traveler is lost or out
of his way. The purpose of Christ's advent on this earth was to save
that which was lost, to bring us back into relationship with our
Creator, to restore us, to reinstate us, and to put us on the right
path to eternal life. His was a mission of reconciliation . . . of
seeking out those who are lost and reconciling them to the Father. He
laid down His life for us . . . He risked it all so we would have it
all . . . an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:11).

If you would take but a few moments to consider what price was paid
for our inheritance . . . the concept of total self-sacrifice . . . a
glimpse of God's immeasurable love toward us can be seen. Paul's
prayer in Ephesians 3:18-19 was that we "may be able to comprehend
with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and
height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that
ye might be filled with all the fullness of God."

Consider the greatness of His love today . . . you'll find yourself
lost in its overwhelming greatness! We truly serve an awesome God . .
. a holy God . . . the Most High God . . . there is none like Him!

Today's Prayer

Father, as I contemplate the love you have shown me by seeking me out
to save me, I become overwhelmed with emotion. I realize that I didn't
deserve such a display of love, but am ever so grateful for your gift
of salvation today and every day! I'm so glad you risked it all to
save me from the path of destruction I was on . . . how can I ever
thank you enough . . . truly there are no words to express my
gratitude . . . Amen!


Have a blessed day!

Jan Ross
jross@focusontheword.com
http://focusontheword.com


Devotional from Shenna Cherry

Good Morning ......

DEVOTION for 9/28/00:

Today's Title: Judas Encounters Christ

John 12:4-6 Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples (he who was
to betray Jesus) said, "Why was this ointment not sold for 300
denarii and given to the poor? This, he said, not that he cared
for the poor, but because he was a thief, and he had the moneybox.
He used to take what was put in it.

COMMENTARY:

It's a heartbreaker to think of Judas. Here's a guy who had the
privilege of being in the physical presence of Jesus while he
was here on earth. Walked with Him. Talked with Him. Broke bread
with Him. Knew Him intimately! Saw him perform miracles! Yet,
he never made that connection with Jesus, which is so necessary.
He just couldn't grasp what Jesus is all about.

It was all appearances.

Judas is not alone. I think I can safely say that there are people
who have been in churches for years and years and haven't been
touched by the love, forgiveness, mercy and gentleness of God.

Why?

Some people don't know how to accept love when given to them.
Some people don't know how to give love to another.

I can identify with them. Perhaps some of you can as well. I grew
up in an alcoholic family and things just weren't like they should
have been. I just never was taught or shown things, which most
people learned in kindergarten. It doesn't come naturally;
we have to learn these things. We need positive example in our
lives. Truly, without them, we were emotional cripples. But
by the loving arms of Jesus, I have been so blessed! The loving
body of Christ and the Holy Spirit give me the lessons and the
love I couldn't get when I was a child.

Scripture never tells us that Judas was able to get close to anyone.
He pretty much confirmed that for us in his death. Depressed
over the death of Jesus and his role in it, he killed himself.
That was not the act of a well man. When healthy people get the
blues, they rely on a good relationship and talk it out. Life
is so much better when you have others there to listen to and care
for you in a time of need. Judas didn't know that. Life got so painful
that there was only one way out.

APPLICATION:

People from homes like I grew up in just sort of survive. No class,
no style, no love. You just survive. And you grow up an emotional
cripple just like your parents. Some get chemical or alcohol
help. Some turn to Sex or any number of other compulsive behaviors
we use to mask pain. Ways in which we try to self-medicate, to
escape that ache in the gut. Sometimes we put up walls. "Don't
come here! I'll hurt you!" As we go along, those walls get thicker,
taller, wider. I see that all the time in the prisons. That is
the hardest part of establishing a relationship with our Brothers
in White; tearing down those walls. By example, we have to show
them that it is possible to let someone into your life without
getting hurt. God's sense of humor is evident in the fact that
I get called on to model that for others when I had such problems
with it. You never really totally understand something until
you have to teach it to someone else.

At some point in everybody's life, there is a big empty God-shaped
hole in us. We need to hear words like " I love you, I accept you,
I honor you, I am proud of you.

This is basic. In the workplace, positive affirmation is a helper
to those around us. Don't just babble empty lines to falsely
build up. That has it's own dangers. But if you search, you can
genuinely affirm something about another.

Tomorrow, we will look at someone who messed up in a big way, but
handled it like he should have.

BK

Today's devotion on the Web:
http://www.sotn.org/todays.htm

Shenna - sweet2cherrylane@yahoo.com

 

 

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