To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 2:25-28 (NIVUK): ”But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.
For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.”
Selwyn covers today’s reading well, and there is no need for any further comments.
Again, I liked his conclusion: “All of this is a wonderful illustration of how redemption transfigures everyday events, and the Holy Spirit inspires a practical down-to-earth spirituality.
Who you are, what you are doing and even where you are going today matters to the Lord. It really does.”
It’s worthwhile remembering that everything we do in public is being watched by those who know that we are followers of Jesus. Consequently, before we start our day it’s a good idea to bring our plans before the Lord and seek His Spirit’s guidance and help, to recognise the opportunities that may come our way to share the good news about God’s love.
There are some people who don’t go to a church, often because they have been hurt in the past by something that has happened within a church environment. We can play a role, to present the authentic love of Jesus to them, when we meet them during the day, while going about our normal activities.