OYB: January 15

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 31:17-55, Genesis 32:1-12
NT: Matthew 10:26-42, Matthew 11:1-6
Ps: Psalm 13
Pr: Proverbs 3:16-18

Today´s notable verse:

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

Psalm 13:5-6 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - In our Matthew chapter 10 readings today we read this teaching from Jesus in verses 24 & 25 - ""A student is not greater than the teacher. A servant is not greater than the master. The student shares the teacher's fate. The servant shares the master's fate. And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons, how much more will it happen to you, the members of the household!" Do you believe these teachings of Jesus are true? Do we, as students of Jesus, share his fate? What was Jesus' fate? What then is our fate? Have you ever been persecuted or called names because of your faith in Jesus? Should we be surprised when this happens?

Here is part of the fate we share with Christ:

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Colossians 2:9-15 (NIV)

(See also: Ephesians 2:1-5)

As for persecution, we are truly blessed to live in a country in which the worst form of persecution we face is a twisted mis-interpretation of the meaning of "separation of church and state." I am reminded that this One Year Bible Blog group consists of people from all over the world - people some of whom know what real persecution means.