Today’s reading is Luke 9.
I like Luke’s record of the teaching about cross-bearing because of its use of the word “daily.” Cross bearing is not done annually, monthly, or even weekly. It is done daily. If I did a great job bearing my cross yesterday, I’m not done. I need to pick it up again today. If I did a terrible job bearing my cross yesterday, I’m not finished. I can pick it up again today. Additionally, there is no sense in putting my cross down today simply because I fear I can’t carry it for a week, a month, a year, a decade, or even a lifetime. After all, today is the only day I have. I may not even live to see tomorrow. Tomorrow can worry about itself. Let’s just go ahead and pick up our cross for today. Are you ready?
Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 9.
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Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 6.
God did not give us bodies so we could be involved in sexual immorality. Expanding that point, we recognize God didn’t give us our bodies so we could do whatever we pleased with them. Rather, He gave us bodies so we could serve Him with them. The body is for the Lord. But also note that the Lord is for the body. In other words, any restrictions or requirements God gives us are actually for our benefit. After all, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Whatever God tells us to do with those bodies will be for our good because that is also for God’s good. Further, what God tells us is for His good will be for ours as well. He is glorified in our bodies not by putting us down or diminishing our bodies, but by lifting us up in our bodies. Therefore, let’s be excited to glorify God in our bodies. That will be best not only for God, but for us as well.
Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 7.
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Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 4.
Paul gives us the example of what we really want to do. We don’t just want to make disciples. We want to make disciple-making disciples. Paul was able to send Timothy to develop the disciples in Corinth. And that is the real plan to create a generational legacy for Christ’s church. As you develop disciples around you, develop them to develop others who will develop others. Keep the message alive.
Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 5.
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