God with Us - Freedom Instead of Slavery - Thursday, December 8th
This is good (context: praying for a lost world- see 1 Timothy 1:15A & 2:1) and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 1 Timothy 2:3-6
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We have been looking this week at important things that make up the Christmas event. The shepherds are play a prominent role in the story of Christ's birth. Yesterday's devotional centered on the words of the angels who said to the shepherds, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” It was suggested that the angels were telling the shepherds what the birth of Christ would ultimately accomplish: followers whose lives are pleasing to God because they bring glory to God in highest heaven as recipients and agents of peace on earth.
We want to suggest today that the words of the angels are really a call to people everywhere to be true worshipers of God. Today's verses are a great follow up for helping us with this need. As the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ secured peace between "God and mankind" by letting the judgment of sin fall on himself. This is what the word, "Mediator" is all about. Jesus Christ purchased our freedom from slavery to sin and self. This freedom sets us free to be devoted to the one who gave his life for us. True followers of Christ are devoted to him. The one who is devoted to Christ is a worshiper. True worshipers (his devoted followers) of Jesus Christ live lives that are pleasing to God because they bring glory to God in highest heaven as recipients and agents of peace on earth.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I want to be a true worshiper. Thank you for purchasing my freedom from slavery to sin. Show me how to be more devoted to you and to follow you more closely. I trust you for the work you are doing in me this Christmas season. May my life glorify you more than ever before as I continue in my journey of being both a recipient and agent of peace on earth. Amen!
Posted on Thu, December 8, 2016
by Ken Hart