May I encourage you to get your spiritual ‘Nuggets’ to start your day off right? Pretty amazing that our awesome God would consider feeding even us with His Word! May I encourage you to read the whole devotional, and look for a blessing, friend!………
Today’s Bible Reference: James 2:2-7
Today’s Bible Text: My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,” haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are judges who can’t be trusted? Listen, dear friends. Isn’t it clear by now that God operates quite differently? He chose the world’s down-and-out as the kingdom’s first citizens, with full rights and privileges. This kingdom is promised to anyone who loves God.
The Bible Translation: The Message (MSG)
My Take Away: Mt topic today may draw attention because of its ugly past, where there were huge issues with the practice of segregation. Still, James warned his listeners about this, and it was included in our Bibles, as obviously God felt like this might be an ongoing concern for us. Friends, our Savior showed many times that He exists so that ALL may come to Him, and that ALL may have the opportunity to have eternal life. Our lesson today is teaching us that it is vital that we live the principles taught by our Master. Just as we compelled ourselves to believe that Jesus loved us in spite of our sin, and that He died so that we may accept His free gift of eternal life and be as welcomed into His kingdom as the greatest saint that ever lived, we too must practice that same type of justice to all that we come into contact with. Jesus still loves that much, and He still welcomes all that would come to Him, and He expects us to follow His example by practicing the same in our everyday life experiences. This means that we must be intentional in reaching across barriers that we tend to set for ourselves and treat each other with the same love that Jesus has for each of His kids. Always consider that Jesus accepted us, regardless of our nationality, or color, or gender, or height, or weight, or political persuasions, or church denomination, or age, or economic status – so who do we think we are to allow any of these things to distract us from our association with some that God may send our way? When Jesus said “suffer the little children to come to Him”, notice that He needed no further description? He excluded no one. I believe that He is teaching us today that we need to be sure and do the same. Let us learn to love all God’s children through His lens, with no worldly segregation, so that we may reach the whole world for Him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me just the way I was, and still loving me today, just the way I am. Not perfect, but You have provided Your Word to direct my path and lead me to live according to Your perfect example set before me. Our lives are often torn by the distractions and prejudices of this world, and although so unfortunate that we bring that into our walk with You Lord, yet Your Word is perfect and directs our path towards righteousness and holiness like You exampled for us. Please continue to teach us Your ways so that we may see needs like You, love like You, and to be Your hands and feet even in an imperfect world. People need the Lord, and not more of our human imperfections. Please teach us Your ways oh Lord and drive us towards Your perfect will for Your children of every kind here on earth. I ask these things in the perfect name of Jesus, the One who died for us ALL, AMEN.
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