Devotional for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Greetings in Christ,

  What kind of image do you project to other people?  If you had to stand before a panel of people and based upon your life history of actions, words, and deeds would you be considered a Christ like example?  Would your defense be able to hold up against the scrutiny of others?  Do you really exemplify Christ in your actions on a daily basis?

  I have often wondered what it would be like to walk with Christ on earth.  I imagine He would be a very outgoing person.  As I look upon His face, I would see encouragement in His eyes, and once I looked upon His face I would be drawn to Him knowing down deep inside me this person is the person I want to imitate.

  Jesus has a personality is one which is hard to resist.  The words He speaks are just what people need to hear and are very positive in their delivery.  The way He walks He stands tall, and He is not ashamed of whom He is.  He speaks His mind when He is asked a question, but it is answered with love as the root of its response.     

  When He brings words of correction, they have a tone to them making people listen so they will not want to make the same mistake again.  His answer makes sense because the words are filled with encouragement as He points out the poor choice of the decisions which were made.   He gives better advice to the problem eliminating downfalls and setbacks.

  When He talks of His Father and the wonderful things He has seen, people are at the edge of their seats drinking in every word spoken.  His words ring in people’s ears with truth and confidence, and they know He is sure about what He is saying because they have authority to them as they listen to Him speak. 

  The passion He has for the sick makes people tear up as He embraces them with love, and then to they have been healed by His touch brings joy to their heart.  People who were once considered outcasts are welcomed in His presence, and they are embraced by His loving arms. People gather so thick around Him He is lost in the crowd.

  The other side of Jesus is very quiet, and He wants to be by Himself.  He wanders off to a secluded place to kneel as He looks towards the heaven.  His words are a slight muffle, but you know He is in a conversation with His Father.  Tears can be seen trickling down His face as He prays for the people He is teaching, healing, and directing.

  There is another side to His speech.  He speaks with sincerity and a heavy heart.  He mentions He will be killed one day, and He must face this death head on.  His words are received with sadness as people can feel the sincerity in His delivery.  It is a heavy burden He carries, but it does not deter Him from His quest to carry out the mission which is before Him.  He stills has a positive outlook on the things He has before Him. 

  In all the things witnessed by the people His actions are genuine and real.  There are no misconceptions of what He stands for or who He is.  His actions convict Him of being truly the Son of God.

  We will never be able to be the Son of God, but we are the children of God.  Would we be convicted of being the children of God?

  “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”  Psalms 19:1

  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Psalms 46:1

  “Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, nor His lovingkindness from me.”  Psalms 66:20

  “God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us  Selah.  That Thy way may be known on the earth, Thy salvation among all nations.”  Psalms 67:1-2

  Lord God let Your grace go before us as we try to be the best example of Your love.  Give us the help we need to bring You glory in all we do.  Amen


  Mark Johnson   

  Psalm 19, 46, 66, 67; Ezekiel 3:16-27; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 10:24-33, 40-42

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