Sunday Devotional: Titus 2:11-15

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.  Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”  (Titus 2:11-15)

We have our hope in Jesus.  We have our hope in Jesus because of what he has done.  He gave himself up and died for our sins.  He did this so we could be redeemed back from our sin, so we can be made pure.  He did this so we can be God’s people again.  He did it so we can be about good works, not to make ourselves righteous, but because Jesus has made us righteous by His works.

Paul in his letter to Titus give a lot of instruction.  These few verses here show how we are able to do those things.  We can do them because of who Christ is and what He has done.  Even in this present day, we can live holy lives that are pleasing to God if we follow Jesus because of who Jesus is and what He has done.  Let us this week remember that and live that out.

Sunday Devotional: Matthew 9:12-13

“But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’  For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.””  (Matthew 9:12-13)

Jesus speaks these words to the crowd that is around when he is spending time eating with Matthew, a former tax collector whom Jesus called to be a disciple.  It’s a declaration to everyone Jesus’ mission.  He came to heal, to restore.  He came to redeem sinners.  What an encouraging thought.  We are all sinners who need redemption.  We are all sick in need of healing.  Jesus comes directly to us.  We just have to invite him in.  He still does that today.  He wants to redeem us.  He wants to heal us.  We have to accept what he’s offering.

Monday Musings

Sometimes on Mondays you just have a bunch of jumbled thoughts and some days it’s pretty coherent.  This is one of those jumbled thoughts kind of days.  Jumbled in the sense that I have a few things in my mind I could write about but nothing that is so sustained that I could write a lot about.  So here’s some things that I’m thinking through…

*I know for me it is hard to let go of hurt sometimes.  The more I’ve been hurt, the harder it is for me to let go.  I think this is something we all struggle with but i know for me it is something I struggle with.  I think sometimes it can be our identity if we let it.  We let that pain define us when that’s not what God wants.  He doesn’t want us defined by our pain.  He wants us to find our meaning in Him.  Jesus took on all the pain and suffering on the cross.  Pain should not be something we hold on to.  But it is a struggle to let go.  But the awesome thing is when I let go of that hurt and turn it over to God, I feel so much better.  I’m more myself again.  I’m more the person God has called me to be.  I can follow Christ better because I’m not weighed down by the hurt I was holding on to previously.

*I saw a tweet this past week by author and speaker Jon Acuff that stuck with me.  He said this :  “Sometimes God redeems your story by surrounding you with people who need to hear your past so it doesn’t become their future.” I’ve been on both sides of this.  I have heard stories from friends of mine that I learned from their past and I have shared my story with others and my past.  Not only is it a way to help others, but like I said earlier it’s a way of letting go hurt as well.  Seeing that tweet reminded me that I need to share my story more because of the awesomeness of how the Gospel intersects with my story and how it can intersect with others.