Daily Devotion Friday, January 11th

Friday, January 11, 2013 – Psalm 148; Isaiah 65:13-16; Revelation 3:7-13 and John 6:15-27

John 6:15-27 – 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

So much of our life is spent on working for food which perishes, or for possessions which are here one day and gone another. To this Jesus says; “do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life.” What is this food? This is what nourishes the soul and connects us to God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

As I think on this, I think of the passage from Colossians 3 that is a focus text for me this year;

12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Friends, Jesus called the people then and he calls us today to not be concerned with what is going to be on the dining table tonight but to be concerned about doing the will of the Father throughout the day. This is the treasure in heaven – being God’s beloved child and doing that which our Father in heaven calls for us to do; love God and love our neighbor as yourself.

What will you do today that will endure to eternal life?

O Lord, let my focus be upon thee and your love for me and your call for me to love you with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and to love my neighbor as I love myself. Lord, let this be my focus throughout today. Amen.

Word for the day: patience; show patience toward others. Admit that just as God isn’t finished with you, others are not perfect and God isn’t finished with them. So be patient with others.

Psalm 148 – 1   Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
2   Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his host!

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