Today’s reading is Psalm 133 Oh, how good and oh blessed it is when we live together in unity. I think this is a great reading for us today on Christmas. For on this day, the Prince of Peace was born. … Continue reading
Over the next few weeks in our Rooted in Christ Study, we’ll be looking at some of the favorite passages from our staff at St. Matthew’s UMC. These are some of the parts of the Bible to mean to most … Continue reading
Today’s reading is 1 John 1: 1-4 Serving others gives you joy. John today says that he is writing this letter, writing these things, so that his joy may be complete. In serving others, that is where you will find … Continue reading
I read a great book on the Trinity recently I won’t try to get into today. But, in short, the book said that if God is love, God must be Trinity, because to love means there must be more than … Continue reading
Today in Luke 10: 17-19, we see Jesus’ disciples return from a mission with much success. And we see they, as well as Jesus, celebrate what happens. But, we see that Jesus tells them not to lose focus on what … Continue reading
In a world that is fascinated with beauty and fame and power, what is really beautiful? What is a true image of beauty? What do you think of? Today in Isaiah 52: 7-10, we get one of the more well-known passages … Continue reading
I’ve been thinking through the format of my daily devotionals the past week or so, trying to remain fresh, not just for you, but for my own soul. This daily devotional is something that I do, not just for you, … Continue reading
Everything in life, it has its time. It has its season. It has its moment. There’s a great passage in the Bible, one that we’ve probably all heard before, that lays this out. We see everything having its time and … Continue reading
I bet that title made you want to read this one, huh? 🙂 What’s heaven going to be like? That’s some question, huh? Today’s reading doesn’t answer that question, but it does give a glimpse at some of the questions … Continue reading
Sometimes when you read a familiar passage of the Bible, you’ve really got to slow yourself down and pay attention. Sometimes it’s so easy to just think, I’ve read this before, and quickly read through it, and then move on to the next passage. When we do that, we can miss that unique thing that God may want to say to us today.
For instance, one of today’s readings was like that for me. So I had to go back and reread Mark 10: 13-16 several times. Listen to what it says:
13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
When I was reading today this is what jumped out to me. In verse 15, if you don’t receive the kingdom of God as a little child, you will not enter it. I just sat and stewed on that for a little bit today.
By the way, that’s one of the ways that you can really hear God’s voice in Scripture. When you are reading, what jumps out to you? What catches your eye? God back and stay there for a while. Go and listen. Keep going back to it. And listen to what jumps out. Pay attention to words. To thoughts. To ideas. To images. What pops off the page at you? That’s where God is speaking to you.
Today for me, it was receiving the kingdom like a little child. Know what I thought about? Christmas morning. The excitement. The joy. The anticipation. The “waking up at 3 in the morning” type of passion that every child has a Christmas Eve. The fact that you can’t wait, you can’t can’t wait, you can’t wait to get that present.
Look out work, here we come!
Our kids feel that way about Christmas, don’t they? Honestly, don’t we still?
Do we feel that way about the Kingdom? Do we feel that way about grace, about mercy, about Jesus?
This world makes us grow up, doesn’t it? And that’s a little sad. We can lose that that joy for Jesus and His gift. This world as a way of dampening that fire.
Jesus today wants to light that fire in our hearts.
Today, you are not condemned. You are forgiven. You are loved. You are treasured. You are valued. You are His prize, His joy, His love.
And He wants you to receive that today. With child-like joy!
Today, may we receive His love like a child.
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