Daily Devotion Monday, June 3rd

Monday, June 3, 2013 ­ Psalm 145; Deuteronomy 11:13-19; 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2 and Luke 17:1-10

Today’s readings contain several nuggets of life and faith, so I’m not going to focus upon one of them but several. I’ll underline what I’ll be focusing upon.

2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2 – 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

6:1As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

First off, “everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” I often say this at the conclusion of the declaration of pardon of our sins. Friends, in Christ our sins have been taken care of, they do not need to haunt us any longer. What we have is this new day, to serve God and glorify God. We have been made new through Jesus Christ.

Secondly, “we are ambassadors for Christ.” When one is appointed as an ambassador, he or she becomes the spokesperson for the leader of the country they represent. What they say is as good as the word of the one they represent. We are ambassadors for Christ, appointed to share his message of reconciliation. What a gift, what an opportunity. We do this with the people we know. We do this with the people around us. Know that you are an ambassador for Christ.

Thirdly, “now is the day of salvation.” I’ve shared this before, but eternal life, our life of salvation, doesn’t begin when we die. It begins the moment we truly believe in Christ and trust in him. Once we believe, we live within God’s kingdom of grace and love. Friends, now is the day of salvation. Enjoy the gift, live within the gift and find ways to share it with others for now is the day of salvation.

More tidbits as we go on to our reading from the gospel of Luke.

Luke 17:1-10 – 5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

7“Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? 8Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? 9Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'”

Faith the size of a mustard seed”; a friend of mine Jim Benton a disciples of Christ pastor said that in studying this pastor he learned that this passage isn’t speaking of the quantity of our faith, but that we have faith. That we believe. So, my friends simply believe, have faith in God revealed through Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit. Believe.

As you get ready to go to bed this night, may you be able to look back over your day and see many times that you have been faithful in your calling to be an ambassador of Christ, faithful as a disciple. As you do so, know this, that you have only done what ought to have been done. We strive to be faithful, because of the gift of salvation which God has given unto us. So, we simply strive to do that which we ought to do; love God and love our neighbor.

O God, thanks for all your nuggets for life and faith. Guide me as I strive to be faithful unto you for your gifts of life and faith. Today, help me share your love with others and be a faithful ambassador of Christ. Amen.

Psalm 145 – 1   I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2   Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name forever and ever.
3   Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable. …

8   The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9   The Lord is good to all,
and his compassion is over all that he has made.

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