I just want to look at you

Today’s is another great devotion – summarised well by the anonymous poet; ‘That one dear Face, far from vanishing, rather grows,  Becomes my universe that feels and knows.’

The second aspect which always inspires me is the significance of the temple curtain being torn from top to bottom when Jesus was crucified – providing us with unrestricted access to God.

Given this, why is it that some Christians sometimes feel distant from Jesus?

Adoring contemplation

For me, this sentence best captures the theme of today’s devotion. “Looking in love and longing at Jesus and adoring Him for who He is.”

I admit, much of my audience before Jesus is taken up with prayer and praise – and my common theme is ”can you please sort this problem out”.

So, prompted by Selwyn’s words I’m going to try and set aside a time for just silently gazing at Jesus.

Do you have a special time for adoring Jesus, our God?

Is God the initiator?

The sentence that really stands out for me today is, “Jesus Christ was transformed into our image so that we might be transformed into His.’

I believe that we are created to enter into a perfect and eternal relationship with Jesus – of which the greatest aspect is that we can respond to His call, to follow Him, here – in this life, and He provides everything to enable us to reach out and take His hand as we stumble along in this fallen world. Today’s devotion is packed with richness – was there a specific point which spoke to you?

The prayer Selwyn provides for those who seek to enter into this relationship, bears repeating here:-

“Lord Jesus Christ, please forgive my sin and make me Your child. As I reach up to You I know You are reaching down to me. I receive You now as my Lord and Saviour. Amen. “

The affirmative side

It always encourages me when knowing the problems Paul faced, he could say , “But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” (The last bit is especially uplifting.)

Likewise the words of Joseph to his brothers (Genesis 50:19-20), “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

Is it that Paul, like Joseph, could understand that the ultimate victory belongs to Jesus and the saving of others enables us to enjoy ‘the affirmative side of every situation’?

Chewing on bones

Today’s topic is straighforward regarding negativity. I’m still thinking about Selwyn’s advice to, ‘never write down your negative thoughts’, what your views about this advice?

History has forgotten them

Today’s theme captures a common issue found everywhere, including the christian community; this issue is the propensity to critique the words and actions of others.

In an imperfect world all of us provide endless opportunities for others to highlight our shortcomings.

Perhaps, a way forward is if a critical remark escapes our lips that we practice following it with a positive and encouraging comment.

Do you think that we tend to criticise others in an attempt to divert attention away from our own failings?