OYB April 6

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Deuteronomy 29, Deuteronomy 30
NT: Luke 11:37-54, Luke 12:1-7
Ps: Psalm 78:1-31
Pr: Proverbs 12:19-20

Today´s notable verse:

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.

Luke 12:4 (NIV)

This is the fearlessness of the Christian: to understand and to think from an eternal perspective, and thus to know that our eternal life is secure in Christ, and nothing can come against us other than in our fleeting, temporal life on earth. Even if I am impoverished and afflicted to the extent of Job, I know that my eternal life, health, and prosperity can never be touched. Even if my life in the flesh is taken from me, I have not lost, but have gained my eternal reward.

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

Jesus' teachings in Luke chapter 12 verses 2 through 3 are also important for us to meditate upon in our lives today - "The time is coming when everything will be revealed; all that is secret will be made public. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!" I once heard a pastor say during a sermon - "nobody sins in a vacuum. Meaning, nobody sins and it does not affect others. When we sin - even when we are "alone" - it affects our community in ways we do not full realize." I think this is so true. When we sin - even what we have done or said in the "dark" - we hurt not only ourselves, but others. And Jesus and God, who are pure Light, have heard and know what we do in the dark. We cannot hide it from them. Better to confess it to God, repent, and be cleansed by the Light. Then, go, and sin in the dark no more.

Amen.