Devotion: Monday, August 13, 2018

A Biblical, Christ-filled word to bless your lives. 

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verse is from John 6:40, where it says,

40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

Living with an Eternal Perspective on Things, TODAY!

I remember starting a sermon with a prayer that went like this. “Lord, give me patience, and GIVE IT TOME NOW!” Have you ever prayed a prayer like that? “Lord, I need this, I need that, and I NEED IT RIGHT NOW!” Are you like that? I know I often am. In fact, I think that all people have a sinful tendency towards impatience when it comes to what we believe we are supposed to have and not to have. Unfortunately, such impatience often causes us to miss what we really need. We even tend to miss the proper timing of receiving what we need and why.

Jesus is dealing with that impatience again today in our lesson. He is still talking about Himself as the “bread from heaven” and all that means. He finally proclaims clearly the ultimate purpose of His mission, His work. It’s to do the Father’s will which is that “everyone who looks to the Son (HIM) and believes shall have eternal life.” But we often respond, “Yes, I need eternal life, resurrection on the last day… but that’s tomorrow God, here’s what I need today!” We often pit tomorrow against today and lose God’s blessing for both.

We’re in Washington D.C. and if there’s one thing about this town that’s true — it is an impatient place. It is very often a “just deal with this matter today on today’s terms no matter what the cost tomorrow” type of place. I think that’s why the Founders of the country tried to steer power away from here, limiting what the federal government could do and not do. I think that’s why the Constitution directs most big decisions back to the citizens themselves. After all, disciplined, religious citizens who would seek what is best for their family, their friends, and their communities would more likely take the long view on what really matters for those they love rather than a remote representative (no matter how much they seemed to care).

For example, many people often find it easy to parent someone else’s child, right? If the child is acting up, all you have to do is say your peace to the parents… You tell them to do this with the child, or say thatto the child and then you get to leave it all behind, no matter how your advice turns out. To really love someone means that you do “ALL” that needs to be done, today, tomorrow, forever. When you care about someone, you think about the long-term AND the short-term issues, youthink about what is faithful and loving, and then you do what is best for them.  So many today are looking for quick fixes that satisfy for the moment, but create even greater problems in the future. I’m not sure if Washington D.C. will ever get its act together, but God’s people, those who have received an eternal, resurrection-powered love, can live differently for each other and toward their neighbors starting today. Let’s do it!

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, by your grace, give us an eternal perspective on our lives that values the possibilities of love and service to otherseach and every day. AMEN.