By: Arnie Cole and Michael Ross
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father--to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
-Am I ready to let Jesus Christ be the foundation in my life?
-Have I ever truly understood the magnitude of Jesus' love and sacrifice for me?
-How can I honor God in my everyday life with the glory that He deserves?
We often get desensitized to the magnitude of Jesus' message. We've heard it so many times--some of us for our entire lives--we lose sight of what an incredible gift God gives us in His son, Jesus Christ. These two short verses, with their succinct emphasis on love, sacrifice, and service, encapsulate the essence of Jesus Christ: He loves us unconditionally, has freed us from sin forever, and has made us in His image to serve God. Think about the magnitude of that promise for a moment and let it sink into your heart, soul, and mind. No wonder John shouts, "To him be glory and power for ever and ever!" How can we not?
Ask for Change: Lord, please help me never lose sight of Your awesome power. I don't ever want to take You for granted.
Consider what's real: One of the best ways to honor God and to remember Him through daily living is to thank Him. "Let thankfulness temper all your thoughts," writes Sarah Young in her daily devotional, Jesus Calling. "A thankful mindset keeps you in touch" with Jesus. Open your eyes to the gifts that are present in every aspect of your life, and give God the glory in your thanks.
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