Tuesday, November 10th
The man answered, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And, Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
Today's thoughts from today's verse:
We saw yesterday that God's mission for this world is that "the whole earth be filled with His glory." In the beginning everything was under God's authority and in perfect harmony with God and his ways. However, mankind rebelled and a course for life on earth that excludes God was adopted. God's mission of filling the earth with his glory begins with the mission of redeeming people and filling them with his glory. Today's passage describes the life of a person who is under God's authority and in perfect harmony with God and his ways. Such a person loves God fully and other people fully. A world under God's authority and in perfect harmony with God and his ways is a world that is filled with his glory. It is a world where love connects everyone with God and each other in the beauty of relationships as they were meant to be.
Because of our sin and rebellion, we have been rendered incapable of loving God and other people fully. This is why God's mission for this world is first and foremost a mission of Redemption. God's mission of redemption is a mission of love for a lost and rebellious world. We are told that "God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." We will never be ones who love God and others fully, until we respond to God's love and his provision of redemption through the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, thank you for your love and thank you for the gift of redemption. I pray that I will so know your love in my life that I will love you and others more fully than ever before. Take away my love for anything and everything that hinders you from filling my life with your glory and displaying it to the world around me. Amen!
Posted on Tue, November 10, 2015
by Alan Porter