Devotional for Tuesday January 23rd

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Balance”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Anyone finding his life will lose it, and anyone losing his life because of Me, will find it.” Matthew 10:39 (HCSB)

 

Our thought for today: “Find your true self in Jesus.”

 

On the face of it Jesus’ statement in Matthew 10:39 seems paradoxical and confusing. If you find your life you will lose it, but if you lose your life for Him then you will find it. What could He mean? And what could that have to do with our theme of “balance”?

 

Through my ministry to people struggling with substance abuse issues I came across a study Bible that I like a lot and which I use often, both in my ministry to addicts and in my own personal study. It’s called “The Life Recovery Bible”. In addition to providing an accurate translation of the entire Bible in contemporary and therefore easy to understand language, this study Bible also includes plenty of editorial comments and sidebars that provide additional insight which is helpful to those who are trying to break free from addiction. Here’s the editorial comment that helps explain Jesus’ meaning in Matthew 10:39:

 

“The only way to find life (and get control of it) is to submit to God through Jesus Christ. Living for self, we become a slave to material success, work, alcohol, illicit sex, or any number of other destructive behaviors. We have lost control of our life and are in trouble. By turning to Jesus, we allow him to cleanse us of our addiction and show us the way to real life – a life free of any destructive dependency. As we obey God, we will find meaning in our present life and eternal peace with God.”

 

So there we go – basing our life in the things of this world results in losing it. Finding ourselves in Jesus, and making Him the foundation and the center of our life, enables us to discover our true self and to become the man or women that He intends for us to be.

 

Many years ago I came across a great little book by David Brenner entitled “The Gift of Being Yourself”. I love the title because it so accurately describes what Jesus does for us – He gives us the gift of simply being ourselves. You don’t need to stress and strive trying to be something you’re not in order to please others. That’s not success and it certainly is not what the Lord is calling you too. Instead He calls you to find your identity and your sense of worth in your relationship with Him. It’s when we settle down, focus on Jesus, and lose ourselves in our relationship with Him, that we discover our true selves. Jesus brings that out in us.

 

By losing yourself in God you discover your true identity. That’s what Jesus meant and that’s what He is calling you to. Focus on your relationship with Him and all the other pieces of life will fall into place.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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