"Rob" had gone to church all his life. He worshipped each week and even attended some Bible studies over the 80 plus years of his life on earth. I imagine he had heard close to 3000 sermons in his life and had been in numerous studies of both the Old and New Testaments. He knew the Bible and the doctrine of the faith and could quote it at people, too, â€“ which he liked to do. This all sounds great, â€“ but most people avoided "Rob," because he was cranky and negative and very self-centered. "Rob" had never really made the "effort to apply" the love and grace of Jesus into his life and into his relationships with others.
Category: Faith at Work Devotional
"The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, `Look, the Lamb of God!' When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, `What do you want?' They said, `Rabbi' (which means Teacher), `where are you staying?' `Come,' he replied, `and you will see.' So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him." - John 1:35-39 If Jesus suddenly appeared before you and asked, "What do you want?" how would you respond? Maybe you'd ask for physical healing for yourself or someone you know and love. Perhaps you'd ask for the restoration of a broken relationship. Or maybe you'd think much bigger and ask for peace in our world or the end of poverty.
"Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved." â€“ Acts 2:46-47 We live in a culture that increasingly fragmented. People who live next door to you, people who work with you, people who go to school with you are feeling increasingly isolated. And yet God created us for community. Our hearts yearn to know and be known, love and be loved, serve and be served.