Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Hawk Nelson – The Overflow Devo”. It is 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
Sometimes life is just a lot, isn’t it? You can feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. Maybe something has happened to you, maybe to someone you love, or maybe, in all honesty, you’re just not motivated to do anything. The Lord allows both good and bad situations in our lives to help us grow, to teach us and to make us stronger people. With all that said, He still wants to use us for His glory, and when you’re in that sweet spot, there is no better way to live.
Today, we go back to Paul and read from the 5th chapter in his letter to the church in Ephesus. The message to start the chapter, as with a good portion of Paul’s letters, outline rules to live by. Things God has shown him and that he has learned in his journey that not only build you to be a better Christian, but can apply to everyone and make you a better person.
The Message has an excellent translation of the 11th verse and it says, “Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork…” God didn’t build us in His image to just sit around and punch the Christian clock till we die and then go to heaven; He has called us to change the world for Him, to bring the gospel to all corners of the earth, to make His name known. There is no more motivating and inspiring feeling then doing exactly what God has called you to do and spreading that passion to everyone you know.
So get up, you only got one shot.
Doesn’t it feel like sometimes we are just trudging through life? Not really doing much at all. I know I have many days where I feel like this. When I get a random idea/inspiration for something, then I get excited. Finally! Something I can do to help further God’s kingdom! Not every idea I get is easy/fun to do. I just know that if God can trust me with the little things then He can trust me with the big things too. What has God called you to do that you still haven’t done?
Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.
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