““Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”
Jesus opens the Sermon on the Mount with essential qualities of his people that make for a blessed, fulfilled, and satisfying life, a life approved by God. Making peace is what God does.
How can you make peace around you? What kind of peace should be promoted? Why does making peace mark one as God’s child?
#peace #Beatitudes #VOTD
“‘Because of the violence done to the oppressed, because of the painful cries of the needy, I will spring into action,’ says the Lord. ‘I will provide the safety they so desperately desire.'”
In a time of faithlessness, David appeals to the Lord and receives his promise of rescue.
The Christian’s safety is in his spiritual security. He will suffer persecution, but nothing can reach or destroy his heavenly inheritance.
#violence #safety #VOTD
“Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias,’ and he replied, ‘Here I am, Lord.'”
When the Lord called Ananias to go teach Saul, the persecutor, he hesitated, but finally went. He was God’s instrument to bring a powerful proclaimer to Christ.
Christ won’t appear to us in a vision, but he calls Christians today to go and teach. What fears or concerns do you have that must be overcome? Where are the limits of your comfort zone?
#evangelism #calling #VOTD
“I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3.14 CSB
The apostle Paul uses his life as an example of the purpose and dedication that the Philippians should have. All else in life should be considered as trash, compared to this goal.
Describe in detail how you are pursuing the heavenly goal. Is it whole-hearted? Is it focused upon heaven and upon Jesus Christ? Is it single-minded? Are you using all God’s resources? Are you pursuing his mission?
#goal #heaven #VOTD
“The one who loves pleasure will be a poor person;
whoever loves wine and anointing oil will not be rich.”
The book of Proverbs teaches how to live wisely in the fear of God. One’s use of money and material goods occupies an important part of wisdom. Spending for one’s pleasures is a sure path to poverty.
Olive oil had many uses. The verse may refer to its use in food or perfumes. It is included as an object of pleasure. What pleasures put your bank balance and your spiritual life at risk?
#pleasure #money #VOTD
“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”
2 Corinthians 3.12 NIV
The Christian’s hope is wrapped up in the glorious ministry of the Spirit which does not diminish as did the fading radiance of Moses face.
How can you still be humble while being bold? What form does this boldness take?
#boldness #hope #VOTD
“And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised.”
2 Corinthians 5.15
The apostle Paul has written several times to the church in Corinth. He explains his mission and affirms his pure motivations. His message centers in Christ and how he changes those who live by him.
Christ’s death gives us life. That life is to be lived for him, no longer for ourselves. We must die to self. He gives us meaning, morale, and mission. We do all in hope of being like him.
#motivation #Jesus-Christ #VOTD