In Christ, we are victors, (even on Mondays)

Devotional and Discussion Thought of the Day:

18  But the LORD says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. 19  Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already—you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there. 20  Even the wild animals will honor me; jackals and ostriches will praise me when I make rivers flow in the desert to give water to my chosen people. 21  They are the people I made for myself, and they will sing my praises!”   Isaiah 43:18-21 (TEV) 

20  But you, my friends, keep on building yourselves up on your most sacred faith. Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21  and keep (guard/treasure) yourselves in the love of God, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy to give you eternal lifeJude 1:20-21 (TEV) 

616  Our life—a Christian’s life—has to be as ordinary as this: trying every day to do well those very things it is our duty to do; carrying out our divine mission in the world by fulfilling the little duty of each moment. Or rather, struggling to fulfil it. Sometimes we don’t manage, and when night comes, in our examination, we’ll have to tell Our Lord, “I am not offering you virtues; today I can only offer you defects. But with your grace I will be able to count myself a victor.”

As I was working through my devotions this morning, I struggled with it, you see, I need to get a jump on things.  Part of today I lose to a doctor’s appointment – so I have to jam 10 hours of work in 8, and now that I am running late, make that 6 or so.  Plus get a jump on tomorrow, because i host a pastor’s gathering here. I had to send a fax off – which made me look at my dad’s funeral bulletin, and I realize again, how much I miss him.. On top of that. and on top of that,, (what was the old song, rainy days and mondays ALWAYS get me down!)  and I am to distracted to do my much needed time of thinking, and meditating – which is really what the blog’s devotions are about – my processing, more with heart than mind, what I am hearing from God….

And the distractions and business of the minsitry would quiet that voice, or at least distract me from it. God didn’t just make me a pastor, a husband, a father.  Or make you to hold the vocations you have as you interact with church, and family and work.  We were made to be God’s people, to relate to Him, to know His love…. You are made for Him, to be His people, to share and revel in His glory, as His children.

Pause.  breath,… ralize that is who you are, this Monday… this day which seems to overwhelm us.

Keep praying, not within your own strength, but as the Spirit leads, as He moves you, we hear from Jude, and do this while treasuring your time in God.  For that is where we find rest and joy and peace and realize God will sustain us, even on the busiest of Mondays.

The last think I posted, the comforting words of St Josemaria, which remind me that I am not perfect, there are going to be Mondays I fall flat on my face. But in Christ, even my defects, even the times I can’t get it all done… God will use,  GO=od will redeem, God will somehow, miraculously make things right and holy. For that is what He does for His children.  For In Chirst, we are victors, even on Mondays…

For we were made for God, to be His people, His children, and even mondays can’t steal that from us!.

In my Old Testament reading, the underlined words cause me to stop…

 

 

Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 2277-2282). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

616      Our life—a Christian’s life—has to be as ordinary as this: trying every day to do well those very things it is our duty to do; carrying out our divine mission in the world by fulfilling the little duty of each moment. Or rather, struggling to fulfil it. Sometimes we don’t manage, and when night comes, in our examination, we’ll have to tell Our Lord, “I am not offering you virtues; today I can only offer you defects. But with your grace I will be able to count myself a victor.”

Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 2277-2282). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

Posted on January 13, 2014, in Devotions and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. 🙂 Love it!

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