He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross — whether things on earth or things in heaven.
Colossians 1:17-20 HCSB
Father there is no better opportunity or better gift, than what You present to me each day. I thank You. Each day that I open my eyes, I oftentimes take for granted the breath that I breathe, the senses that I use, and the movement in my body. Father thank You for these gifts. Thank You for Your son Jesus, whose example shows me how to pray, live, act, speak, think, and believe each day. There is no greater example than He, and I am grateful for each day that I’m given to strive to be more like Him.
Today I will work hard to thoughtfully think before I speak, hold my tongue from expressing anything that is unkind, and clear my thoughts of anything that is unloving and not positive. If I fail I will get back on my feet and try again. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
We naturally want someone to follow when we’re going through unchartered territories, dark paths, and during scary times. God has given us someone to follow and to model, His son Jesus, yet we seem to be hung up on the fact that we can no longer see and touch our Savior. But what if Jesus was sitting beside us on the bus, in the hotel lobby, standing next to us in line at the grocery store, or was the barista at your favorite coffee shop? How would you know, and would you follow him?
Most likely not.
He could also be the seemingly homeless man on the corner asking for spare change, or one of the day laborers standing on the outskirts of Home Depot or Lowes looking for a job, or the guy with the busted radiator stranded on the side of the road. How would you know, and would you follow him?
Most likely not.
So if we struggle to follow Jesus’s teachings and we struggle to embrace his energy and spirit in our daily walk, and we clearly wouldn’t believe any ‘common’ man on the street could possibly be him, then why continue calling ourselves Christians? Believers? Followers of Christ? Why do we keep going through the motions each day if we truly don’t believe?
Questions of the Day
1. Why do you call yourself a Christian? Believer? Follower of Christ?
2. What does being a Christian mean to you?
3. When you visualize Jesus, the man, what do you see? Describe him and his physical features.
4. What if Jesus had different skin pigmentation (color), different hair texture, and different facial features than what you visualize? Would you believe him to be Jesus Christ, son of God?
5. What would it take for you to believe that this ‘different looking’ Jesus was actually the real person?
6. What would it take for you to believe the ‘common’ man on the street to be Jesus?
7. How do you feel about yourself, Jesus, humanity, and your role as a Christian considering your answers to these questions?
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