Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - From What to How

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

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Ephesians 1:15-23

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

From What to How

Image result for love one anotherWhen it comes to living the Christian life, I think most of us have a pretty good idea about what we should be doing. I mean, outside those who focus most of their attention on expressed promises we’re suppose to make but that are actually impossible to fulfill, I believe most followers of Jesus Christ seek to obey him. And at the center of this obedience is love. You see, Jesus called us to love God and to love neighbor. And even though this isn’t the way to become loved by God, it certainly is that the means by which we can express our gratitude for the divine love that’s already there. And so for the Christian, the what is clear. We’re called to love. And most of us understand that.

But I think we often get tripped up with the how. How should we show our grateful love to God? And how can we actually love our neighbors as ourselves? How can, how should this be done? You see, for most believers, the what is relatively easy but the how is challenging. And yet, without some understanding about how we’re to love God and others, everything else seems irrelevant. I mean, when we don’t know how to show the kind of love we’re called to show, our love becomes just a lot of gentle words and good intentions. In other words, the rubber never quite meets the road until we determine how we might address the needs of those who may need our hope and help. And for that reason, it’s really important to move from the what to the how.

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