Daily Advent Devotion Friday, December 13

Friday, December 13, 2013 – Psalm 127; Haggai 1:1-15; Revelation 2:18-29 and Matthew 23:27-39

Revelation 2:18-29 – 19“I know your works — your love, faith, service, and patient endurance. I know that your last works are greater than the first. 20But I have this against you: …..

What does God have to say to me, to Community Presbyterian Church, to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), to the whole body of Christ today?

I really don’t care for the yes, but statements to the churches. It reminds me of times I said to my boys; yes ….., but ……… What they held on to was the but…. The but after my affirmation of them negated all I’d said before it. They didn’t hear the affirmative words I said to them. So, what is God trying to say to us today?

Then in the gospel reading today we hear;

Matthew 23:27-39 – 27“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 28So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Into all the words from scripture today comes this word from Psalm 127. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. I hear these words of gentle reminders to me, to us.

Today, may we hear God’s words of affirmation spoken to us. May we hear how God affirms us as His child, as ones he has called and chosen. Yet, may we also hear how God calls us to His higher ways. How God calls us to the narrow paths of faith and life.

Today, hear clearly God’s affirmations of His love for you and hear God calling us to constantly turn to His holy ways.

O God, thank you for the reminders to us that you do love us and are proud of some and maybe many of the things we do because we are your beloved child and because we know of Your love for us. Yet, help us also be open to hearing you call us to repent of some, maybe many of our ways that draw us away from You and Your holiness. O God, guide us upon Your paths of righteousness. Amen.

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