Daily Christmas Devotion Friday, January 3

Friday, January 3, 2014 – Psalm 145; 1 Kings 19:9-18; Ephesians 4:17-32 and John 6:15-27

Ephesians 4:17-32 25So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. ….. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.

John 6:15-27 – 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.”

In these readings we hear; “do not …”. “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God” and “do not work for food that perishes”. These remind me of all the warnings I was given as a child and all the warnings I gave my children. Do not touch the stove it could still be hot. Do not cross the street. Do not talk to strangers. All these were said to help protect us or our children. Even as I hear the do nots being said, I hear – go out and play, enjoy yourself.

The do nots are given to us not to take away from life, but to help us experience real life. When we hear; “do not grieve the Holy Spirit”, we can also hear God saying to us; “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.” Do this and the Holy Spirit will rejoice and be glad. In Jesus’ words from John we do hear him saying to his disciples and to us; “work for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man gives you.”

Friends on this the tenth day of Christmas, may we seek love God and work for that food which endures. May we put our full faith in God who sent his Son, not to take away from life but to show us what real living is like. May we look to Jesus to find out how we can do all that we were created to do.

Psalm 145 – I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom….

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.

O Lord, as I meditate on all I’ve read this day may I hear you calling me into full life lived in relationship with you. May I sense that by abiding in you and opening myself unto your abiding in me, I will find real life. Thanks be to you, O God, for the gifts of life and faith. Amen.

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