Today’s reading is James 4.
We have a choice today. We can befriend the world or God, we can’t befriend both. And yet, that is exactly how so many try to conduct their spirituality. In fact, it amazes me the number of people who act as if the more we become like Jesus the more the world will actually like us. It just isn’t true. The more we become like Jesus, the more the world will by its very nature despise us. And the more we cozy up to the world, the more God by His very nature will separate from us. Light and darkness do not mix. May I suggest then that whichever you choose, go all in. If what you want is the blessings and pleasures of the world, quit trying to modify them with God. Go all in. Pursue the blessings of the world with reckless abandon. Of course, those blessings will fade, come to a dismal end, and be burned in the fire. But if those are the blessings you choose, get as much out of them as you can for as long as you can. However, if what you want is God’s eternal blessings, that never end, then go all in. Pursue the blessings of God with reckless abandon. Trying to live with one foot in the world and one in heaven means you’ll never enjoy either. Make your choice today. Whom will you befriend? The world or God?
Monday’s reading is James 5.
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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 Peter 3.
Peter doesn’t just tell us to live honorably before the Gentiles (meaning non-disciples in this context), he actually gives examples. In yesterday’s reading he talked about submitting to the government which persecuted Christians and about slaves submitting honorably to masters even when the masters weren’t being honorable. In today’s reading, he begins by talking about honorable spouses. Please, keep that in mind as you read this chapter. Peter is not just talking about husbands and wives out of the blue, he is giving examples of what it means to be holy and honorable while in exile behind enemy lines. He is talking about what it means to be holy and honorable even if you are sleeping with the enemy. And this should tell us something about all marriages, even those between Christians. We are to live holy and honorably in our marriages because the most important goal in marriage is our spouse’s salvation, not for us to get our way, not for us to be happy, not for us to be served, but for our spouse to glorify God in the day of visitation. This doesn’t mean all spouses of Christians will come around. Some won’t. But that is the goal and the governing principle behind our behavior in marriage. Keep that in mind today whether or not your spouse is a Christian.
Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Peter 4.
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