One Year Bible - March 30
Scriptures to read:
It seems redundant to say, “It’s been a tough year.” I mean, really redundant. Every week life hands us another thing to grapple with in our spirits. God using these earthly bodies and sins of the world to draw us closer to Him.
As I read through Matthew 24, I was gently reminded of something so very simple among the bombardment of noise from every corner of my sphere: Keep your eyes up, Nicole. Our journey around the sun isn’t about which political party we support (or the pride we get when we proclaim we support neither) nor is it in the ways we signal our allegiance on social media to certain causes we assert Jesus would be behind. Our walk towards heaven is about fixing our eyes on the One who saves, the One who matters in the end.
God destined all of these painful things in our lifetime (and lifetimes before) to call us closer to an awareness of Him and an awareness of what life will be like, in eternity, without Him. This is a somber passage and it’s a call to action! Our loyalties even in the body of Christ will be divided, our allegiances to one another tested, and yet we still need to stand firm in the truth of His Word… and then go tell people about it.
While it’s imperative we speak truth to the hurting parts of our world, let’s not get so wrapped up in what culture says is important we forget to remember our ultimate purpose as Christians is to point people to Christ.
Memory Verse: Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. - Matthew 24: 12-14
Prayer: Lord, help me to not look out, not look around, not look down, but to look up to you in the midst of the pain of this world. Only You can save and only you can release me and this world from the bondage of sin. Thank you for your grace. Amen.