Thursday

Not Merely the Messenger

Christ is God's Word, Hebrews 1:1-2
image: Bible Picture Gallery, C.F. Vos
When Christ speaks, He's not merely reciting Truth, He's the Author of it. 

Even more, He's not merely the Author, He's Truth Itself. 

He's not simply the Greatest Messenger of Truth, He's the Greatest Message. 

From the beginning Christ has been God's Word:
In the whispers of the prophets
In the proclamations of His earthly ministry
In His passionate cries of pain and forgiveness from the Cross
In the sweet music of the resurrection

God's Message still whispers, proclaims, cries out and sings to every soul today. And those of us who listen and believe must proclaim, cry out, and sing His message too. 

Today, I'm singing. Will you join me? 

"In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe." Hebrews 1:1-2 

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Wednesday

The Crux of Sin: SELF

Luke 9:23-24, dying to self, becoming cross-carriers
artwork: Billy Frank Alexander
When Jesus tells us to take up our cross in Luke 9:23-24, he immediately adds "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it."

Our fallen human nature loves concepts like:
  • self-esteem
  • self-help
  • self-interest
  • self-contentment
  • self-indulgence
  • self-assurance
Advertisers feed our selfishness:
  • “Because you’re worth it” (L'OrĂ©al)
  • “Have it your way.” (Burger King)
The Bible says the opposite:
  • self-denial
  • self-sacrifice
  • selflessness
  • Because He's worth it
  • Have it His Way
We rarely realize how strongly we're influenced by the world and our own fallen nature. I confess I often prefer self-esteem over God esteem and self-interest over self-denial.

But today I'm asking God to help me be a true disciple--a cross-carrier. Will you join me? Do you know the impact we could have on our world if we took up our crosses and followed?

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