September 5 - 10
Monday, September 5 – “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7) Humans are not humans because of biology or even psychology. These are simply methods of explaining human processes and actions. Humans are humans because of the “breath of life” from God. You aren’t you because you were conceived and born. You are you because of the gift of life that God has breathed into you. And today you get to go out and live the life that God has given you.
Tuesday, September 6 – “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.” (Ephesians 2:1) The greatest sorrow of the fall, back in the Garden of Eden, was that it robbed you from experiencing the fullness of your life, from the very beginning. Sin, by definition, separates you from God. Being separated from God prevents you from fully experiencing your life. Jesus came to pay the price for your sins. So that, through faith in Jesus, you can fully experience your life. Through Jesus, your life is reset to its pre-fall status.
Wednesday, September 7 – “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.” (John 5:26) Jesus came to give you life. Not biological life or even psychological life. But the divine, the eternal, the big picture life that was breathed into the nostrils of humanity in the Garden of Eden. The abundant life that God has always intended for you. This life came and dwelt among us, in the person of Jesus. And it is this life that is yours, through faith in Jesus. This life is so much more than a moral code by which to live or a perspective on creation and eternity. This life is life beyond your wildest imagination.
Thursday, September 8 – “People walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2) My wife and I stood on the south rim of the Grand Canyon before dawn. All we could see was darkness. We knew what we were looking at, for we had seen the canyon the day before. Yet, in that moment, without any previous knowledge, we would have never known that the splendor of that canyon was right out in front of us. It’s the same with life, before and after faith in Jesus. One is good. Living, breathing and loving but not seeing. The other is great. Living, breathing, loving and seeing.
Friday, September 9 – “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8) One sure fire way to judge whether or not someone is living as a child of the light is to watch what they do. Are they shining with love and grace or casting aspersions? Do they reflect the love of God by loving others or do they condemn anyone who doesn’t agree with them? Do they humble themselves or do they puff themselves up any chance they get? Darkness will always act like darkness and light will always act like light. This is a scientific, as well as a human, fact.
Saturday, September 10 – “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19) This is the fallen reality in which we find ourselves living. People naturally prefer darkness. For darkness hides their deeds. Thus, we don’t have to ever truly deal with our sinfulness. We can simply deny it and cover it up. Yet, there is light in the world. And we all have the choice to either ignore or accept that light. But never forget that it’s a choice that you’re making. And all choices have consequences.