PRAYER: Pray for focus today. Focus on all that God has in store for you. Read on to focus your prayers.
DEVOTION: “God has told us that all things will work together for our god (Romans 8:28). God has said that we will be the “children of the Highest” (Luke 6:35) and that we will be the “Salt of the earth”. (Matthew 5:13). God has declared all that in His Word, and you will never reach those beatitudes if you are holding on to the lower things of this world; they will keep you down” (pg 93)
OK. Motivational paragraph time from Smith. This really is a great paragraph with so many truths built into it. The three verses he references are here:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. – Luke 6:35
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. – Matthew 5:13
Great verses. Really. So many truths that just back up the fact that God truly loves us so very much and is looking out for us. But…we have to want it. We have to want to push the focus on the world to the backburner and push the focus on Jesus to the front. Push the focus on the things of Heaven, the divine things, to the front of our conversations with ourselves and with God.
So today. Don’t let the lower things of the world keep you down. Don’t let the day to day mundaneness of it all keep you down. Our reward is great. We are the salt. We are children of the most High King. We are not meant to be anything but that.
Let’s live like it.