Jesus. No other name is given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

 

Jesus. God’s only Son, given as a ransom for our lives out of God’s heart love so we would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

 

Jesus. The way, the truth and the life… the only way back to the Father (John 14:6).

 

Today my greatest hope is that you (yes you) would know the love and hope found only through faith in Jesus. (Romans 10:9) No matter where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or what you are facing Jesus died for you (Romans 5:8). You can begin your whole life again today… if you’d only come (Matthew 11:28).

The last few days have been especially trying as a series of painful moments have stoked the old familiar fires of grief, hopelessness, and despair. It might not sound super spiritual but there are deep moments of fear as I struggle to trust God. As the pain and despair flood my soul, I struggle to hold on to what I know is true.

The very real truth is that this world is desperately broken. The death, destruction, pain, and suffering are all hallmarks of mankind’s greatest enemy. Today don’t let this world steal the joy and hope we have in Jesus. This life is not the end of the story. God is in control, Jesus is risen, and one day all this will fade.

Today let us turn our eyes to the Author and Perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) as our hearts cry out: come soon Lord Jesus, come soon.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17‭-‬18 NIV

https://bible.com/bible/111/2co.4.17-18.NIV

Be Transformed in Christ

In Christ we are called to be set apart (1 Peter 1:16) which means we will be unique and different from the world. As followers of Jesus we are empowered to live (and love) in radically different ways empowered by the Spirit of God. Quite simply, the lives, marriages, relationships, thought process, and actions should reflect the God whom we serve.

 

So many are terrified to be different, fearing the insults and ridicule of others. I know this fear (I struggle with deep insecurity) but we are called to please God, not men. Paul says it this way: if I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:10)

 

Today may the light of Christ shine brightly in what we do, what we say, what we post and share, and how we live our lives.