A Light to the Gentiles

Today’s reading is Acts 13.

What a glorious message for us to hear. Jesus was not merely a light for the Jews. He is a light to the Gentiles as well. He brought salvation not simply to the biological descendants of Abraham, but also to the ends of the earth. The great news is I’m a Gentile. Maybe you aren’t, but I’m guessing you are. Since we’ve grown up with Christianity, we can miss how amazing this is. But the Gentiles in Pisidian Antioch didn’t miss it. They began rejoicing and glorifying the Word of the Lord. I pray we never get so used to this message we forget how amazing it is that we get to be part of it. Let us rejoice. Let us glorify God and His Word.

Next week’s reading is Acts 14.

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Repent and Give God the Glory

Today’s reading is Revelation 16.

Of course, there are some differences, but don’t these bowls of wrath sound familiar? Painful sores, darkness, water turned to blood, hail. Obviously, the Holy Spirit is again calling to mind the plagues of God on Egypt. Further, He is calling to mind Pharaoh’s own hardness of heart that refused to repent and give glory to God. However, notice right in the middle of this the interjection, “Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!” Does that sound familiar to you? It should. It is a mixture of what Jesus said to the church at Sardis in Revelation 3:2-3 and to the church at Laodicea in Revelation 3:18. Smack in the middle of all this judgment coming on the Bride’s enemies, there is a reminder that these messages are for us, the Bride, the church, as well. This is not simply an issue of insiders and outsiders. This is not just an issue of having gone through some entrance requirements, having our name on the role, paying our weekly dues, and now it doesn’t matter how we live. We who make up the Bride are to stand against the enemy as much as God is to judge the enemy. How often do Christians end up turning their back on the Lord because of hardship instead of repenting and giving glory to God. Remember, no matter what, God is the Savior. He is the Lord. He is the deliverer. Even when it looks like He is going to lose, even when we can’t understand why He is behaving as He is, He deserves glory. Whether you are in the church or without, let God’s disciplines accomplish their goal. Do not curse God and die, rather surrender to God and give Him the glory. I promise you, in the end, you’ll be glad you did.

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 17.

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The Body is for the Lord

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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Glorify God In Your Body

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 6.

What a blessing. We are members of Christ. We are part of Him. He has purchased us by His own blood. He has purchased us soul and body. We must not think being a Christian simply means being spiritual in our thinking and in our hearts. We must seek to glorify God not only in our hearts and minds, but also with our bodies, doing His will, shining His light through our behavior and conduct. Let us glorify God with our bodies today.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 7.

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