Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”
Our Bible verse for today: “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death – even to death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Jesus made no excuses”
As I write this it is Christmas morning 2017 and I’m thinking about the incarnation of Jesus. On Christmas we celebrate the fact that Jesus, as the second person of the Trinity, voluntarily laid aside the honor and the glory that was rightfully His, left the splendor of heaven, and came to earth in the form of a helpless human baby.
He lived for thirty-three years upon this earth as a regular person in humble circumstances, and then He died upon a cross to pay the price for your sins and mine. The cradle in Bethlehem led to the cross on Calvary.
We must not miss the fact that Jesus didn’t have to do this. It was a voluntary act on His part. He did it out of love for us. At any time He could have chosen not to, and He could have justifiably come up with an infinite number of excuses for not doing it – number one being that the sins were not His and therefore He shouldn’t have to suffer for them.
This all brings us back to our theme for this month “Living with no excuses”. Jesus didn’t make excuses and so as His followers we shouldn’t either.
As we prepare to begin a new year will you recommit your life to the One who gave His life for you? In the Bible God has given us some pretty clear instructions about how He wants us to live, and it’s really not that complicated. In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus summed it up for us when He said:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Loving God with all your heart will involve prayer, Bible study, and worship. Loving your neighbor will involve acts of mercy, compassion, and ministry, as well as fellowship.” Will you commit yourself to taking your love for God and for others to a new level in 2018? Jesus made no excuses when it came to sacrificing for us, so we should make no excuses when it comes to living for Him.