Devotion: Monday, July 16, 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 Ephesians 1, where the Bible declares,

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known[b]to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

God’s Plan for the World, for You!

God has a plan for you! He has a plan for us. He has a plan for the whole world. God indeed has a plan. The problem is that we have our own plans and they eventually fail to remedy what really needs fixing. And, worse, they often don’t jive with God’s plan for us or for others.

If there is one “heresy” today that infects our modern world, it is the heresy of “self-sufficiency.” We, by virtue of our technology and our wealth, really do believe that we can accomplish ANYTHING on which we set our minds. If you don’t believe me, just listen to our politicians, our business tycoons, and our cultural mouthpieces. They are very good at convincing you that the old issues of sin, immorality, and lack of virtue are nothing compared to our will, our wealth, our restructuring and processing, and our determination.

Now, I’m not one who despises our freedoms, our technologies or our wealth. But the fatal flaw to such things is seeing them as THE solution to what really ails us. It’s not creation’s gifts that are the problem. It’s the hands that possess them. The Bible says that God has set into motion a cosmic, eternal solution to the broken, chaotic, sinful lives of humanity’s hands and hearts as only He can. He came into the world as “God-in-the-flesh” to redeem and restore us to become the truly human beings we were meant to be.

Paul says that “IN CHRIST” a plan has been set forth to unite all things in heaven and on earth already. So, when you hear of someone trying to solve the huge issues of the day merely by uniting sinful people to the cause, pause for a minute. There may be some good to the initiative, and things can be better or worse at times. But, in our hands, there will never be ultimate solutions until our hearts are restored to the one who created and redeemed us to be His own. With that perspective, strive for what is good in this world knowing that the best is something that only God can provide. And learn the power of Faith in your life, namely that God indeed provides salvation’s fullness in His Son Jesus for you, and that’s power to face whatever comes your way.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I want this world to be a better place, but help me to understand that even that perspective needs your wisdom, your vision, and your blessing. Draw me closer to you so that I might be a blessing to others. AMEN.