Devotional for Tuesday, May 5
Hebrews 13:20-21 (NLT)
Now may the God of peace—
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
may he equip you with all you need
for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.
Let’s start with some questions for meditation. Do you remember how to breathe while you meditate? I would suggest taking a minute or two to consider each of these questions.
From where does my power come?
Do I do God’s will in all things, at all times?
In following God’s will, do I produce goodness, the kind of goodness that glorifies God?
When I have failed to do God’s will, did I trust in a different source of power?
We are promised so much when we enter a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. That salvific moment is not a one-time, historical event in our lives—it is the beginning of our ongoing access to God’s life-changing grace.
The fancy Methodist word for this process is “sanctification.” Each day, as we allow God’s grace to change us, we become more like what we were meant to be before sin muddied our images. We enter this process when we pray, by reading God’s word, when we gather in fellowship, through the taking of the sacraments, and by other activities where we make ourselves open and vulnerable to our loving Savior.
It is exciting news for believers, and yet, it is one of the more difficult truths to trust. Sanctification doesn’t happen all at once, and too often, we begin to look around for other sources of power. The world offers us a lot of possibilities.
I won’t try to list examples. Instead, I’ll let you watch for them today. Pay attention: How many times today will the world offer you the chance to improve yourself, usually to someone else’s profit?
Remember, someone else already paid the price, in the process tapping for us the power of eternity, drawing divinity into our lives now. Through the ever-present Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ gives us all we need.
Lord, as an encouragement, we humbly seek a new experience of your grace today. Amen.