WE WORSHIP AN INTIMATE GOD

 

Read Galatians 2:17-21

But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not!  For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.  For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.  I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Reflect

How does the truth of these verses redefine your life?

Imagine being one of the disciples speaking with Jesus after His resurrection. In your mind’s eye, envision sitting down with Him in the shade of a building or on a couple of rocks on a hillside, asking Him this question: “Why did You go to the Cross when You didn’t have to?”

Listen to His answer: “It is God’s glory to redeem you, to give you life with Me forever. I did it because I love my disciples: Peter needed it; so did James and John. And so do you. I did it for you.”

Here are a few things to think about:

As Christ-followers, we each play and important role serving the Lord. But as you strive to love others and share the message of Christ Jesus, make sure that you receive that message too.

As you minister, take some time to be ministered to.

If you haven’t yet done so today, get alone with God. Thank Him for what He is doing in your life, and then be still with Him. Allow Him to minister to you.

Pray

Lord, I want to do Your work. I want to serve in Your name and to work heartily, as for the Lord. Amen.

A portion of this devotion was adapted from Chris Tiegreen, Worship the King Devotional, (Walk Thru the Bible, 2008).
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