December 15, 2014

Read: Hebrews 12:28-29

There are many mysteries to the Christian faith. One of which is this: How can Christianity be so exclusive, while also being so inclusive? In a word, the answer to that question is: Jesus.

In the same way, how can Christianity be so constricting, but also be so liberating?

Here’s how I would answer that: Have you ever tried to answer a question, but you weren’t trying to answer based upon your thoughts, but based upon what you thought they wanted to hear? You may not want to offend your spouse, or your friend, so you “play to the crowd,” in a sense.

Think about how you feel in that moment. You have no idea how they will respond to what you say. Not only is that confusing, but to me, this is also terrifying - not knowing how you will be judged and not knowing to what standard you will be held accountable!

How liberating is the protection of Jesus! Take a moment today to consider living under the rule of a king which gives no indication of fairness or consistency.
Yes, Jesus will ultimately judge us all. But the rules are clear and made plain for all to see. And, we can take comfort that He will be fair and consistent to His rules.


Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your compassion and love toward others.  Offer prayers for your loved ones and others who do not know Jesus and for those in need.  Ask God to use you to tell others about Him and show His love. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.