To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
January/February 2016 Issue – Alive, ‘… because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ’ Ephesians 2:4-5
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Jeremiah 29:10-14 (NIVUK): “This is what the Lord says: ‘When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfil my good promise to bring you back to this place.
For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.’”
Today’s reading contains one of the most popular verses in the Bible: “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” It’s a great verse because it tells us that God has a plan for each one of us – no one is left out of God’s great plan.
In today’s study Selwyn covers some very important points and it will be worth your while to meditate on the main issues that he raises.
He writes: “There are three things in our lives of which we need to become aware and repent of, if necessary on a daily basis.
The first is our failure to trust God’s love. Instead of basking in the security that His love brings us, we turn to others to seek a pale reflection of God’s love.
A second thing is our failure to believe God’s evaluation of our worth. In Jesus, God esteems us as brothers and sisters of His Son. (Hebrews 2:11-12). Sadly, far too often we fail to believe the worth we have in Jesus by God’s grace and through faith in Him.
The third thing we need to be ready to repent of is our failure to see any meaning or purpose in our lives. When we stop seeing our life from God’s point of view – an eternal perspective – then we begin to wonder how much purpose there is to our being in this world. … There is a point to you being here on this earth, and though your life might seem humdrum, there is something God wants to achieve through you.
You are a person of destiny no matter how things may appear to you. If you are a Christian – a follower of Jesus – the Spirit of God is at work in your life.
Not to believe these three things is a denial of reality. When we move away from accepting them, repentance is the only way back.”
I’ve posted a lot of what he wrote in today’s study because the points he has made are important to understand and to carefully consider each day.
The three points are inter-related, if we understand how much God loves us then we can appreciate His evaluation of our worth. Once we acknowledge that God values us as brothers and sisters of Christ then we can accept that He would give us a worthwhile purpose in advancing His kingdom here on earth.
All we need to do is to be open to the Spirit of God as He guides us to undertake those tasks which will achieve God’s purposes – tasks which God has prepared for us, to do. We all have a God-given purpose. It’s essential that we focus (with a lot of prayer) on this fact. Do you agree?
1 John 4:9 – “This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”