Thursday, September 24 – “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18) Rough translation: All of us followers of Jesus, who spend their life living into this relationship, are being changed day in and day out, into the very person of Jesus. Take a look at this last year. How have you been transformed into the very person of Jesus? Are you closer to Jesus today than you were last year? Is your relationship with God better today than it was last year? Moses came down off the mountain, after being in the presence of God, and his faced was shinning like the sun. The glory of God was shinning out of his very being. It scared the people so much that he had to wear a veil over his face every time he came down off the mountain. Does your life, with an unveiled face, shine like the sun?
Friday, September 25 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8) This is from what is called The Beatitudes. These are a collection of teachings of Jesus concerning that attitudes that you are called to be, as a follower of Jesus. Never forget The Beatitudes are descriptive and not prescriptive. Meaning, they describe what a follower of Jesus is like. These are not attitudes that you must be in order to be a follower of Jesus. Having said that re-read today’s verse. As a follower of Jesus, you are pure of heart. Because you are pure of heart, you will see God. None of us can be pure of heart on our own. Without the love, grace and forgiveness that is ours through Jesus, none of us would ever be able to see God. Now, don’t misunderstand. This does not mean that as a follower of Jesus you will see God walking down the road today or sitting next to you on an airplane tomorrow. What this does mean is that, in this life, you will recognize the presence of God all around you. And, in the next life, you will be with God for eternity. Until that time comes, you and I are called to live in faith, hope and love. That is a full-time job! Because this life will test your faith, hope and love. This weekend, live into the fact that, as a follower of Jesus, you are pure of heart. You will see God – today, tomorrow and forever!
Monday, September 28 – “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Isaiah 29:13 via Matthew 15:8) The heart is what is important. And I am not just saying that as someone who has had a heart transplant. We are all very good at faking it. But God isn’t looking for fakers. God is looking for people who are willing to let their hearts be transformed. God is looking to change you from the inside out. Your outward actions will always reveal your heart. You can only fake it for so long. Eventually, your heart will reveal itself through what you do. If you are only honoring God with your lips, your actions will eventually reveal this truth. The same is true if you are honoring God with your heart. This week take a good long, hard look at what you do. Do your actions reveal a heart that is close to God? Or are you simply giving lip service to God? No judgement. Just an opportunity for you to get real and allow God to meet you right here and transform you from the inside out.
Tuesday, September 29 – “Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” (Mark 7:15) Here’s the deal. Nothing in this world can damage your purity or integrity. Nothing in this world can separate you from the love of God. The only thing that can damage your purity or integrity is your heart. The only thing that can separate you from God is your heart. This is what Mark means when he quotes Jesus in our passage for today. It is what comes out of you that can damage your purity or integrity. Your behaviors will always reveal your heart. You will always act on what you believe, in your heart. Thus, your outward actions will be a direct reflection of your heart. These actions can defile you, not because of the actions themselves. But because of the heart that is behind these actions. Invite God in to transform your heart. Don’t worry as much about your outward actions. Worry a great deal about the condition of your heart.
Wednesday, September 30 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) What are you going to do today? Or what have you done today? How would these activities be different if you did all of them for the glory of God? What does it mean to drive, to study, to work, to hang out with friends, to play golf, to spend time on social media, to walk the dog and to make dinner for the glory of God? It means that in everything you do you have an audience of one, God. You might think that you are working for your boss or for the company or even for your own benefit, but you are really working for God. You might think that you are hanging out with friends all on your own, but you are really hanging out with your friends and God. Doing everything for the glory of God simply means that you do everything with and for God. God is intimately involved in every aspect of your life. Your entire life is sacred. So, I will ask you again: What are you going to do today? Or what have you done today?
Thursday, October 1 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. It is not until you change your actions, your decisions and your attitudes that you will experience different results. Here is the problem. You have no ability to change your actions, decisions and your attitudes all on your own. Only through the transformation of your heart will you ever be able to realize different results. This transformation can only be ushered in through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. The indwelling power of the Holy Spirit can only be realized through a faith in Jesus. So, if you desire to experience different results in your life, you must commit your life to the care and control of Jesus. Having said all that, if you are fine living a life of insanity, keep on doing what you have always done.
Friday, October 2 – “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:5) How many times have you realized that you haven’t seen something that was right in front of your face? You didn’t see the lies, until it was too late. You didn’t see the car anywhere else, until you bought one yourself. You didn’t see the forest, you only saw the trees. It is the same with your relationship with God. All week we have been talking about the transformation of your heart. This transformation is already happening, right in front of your eyes. You just aren’t seeing it. Why are you reading this devotion? Transformation of your heart. Why do you care about the people in your life? Transformation of your heart. Why do you struggle with negativity? Transformation of your heart. Why do you want your life to mean something? Transformation of your heart. You are closer than you realize. God is working in you and through you right now. The transformation of your heart is happening. Your job this weekend: Don’t get in God’s way.