Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Someone who is very near and dear to me and who is probably reading today’s blog, many times will greet me with the words in today’s title. The thought for today is actually an expanded version of the meditation I wrote for our church bulletin this past Sunday. [To the 72 disciples Jesus sent ahead to the towns He would visit later, it was important as well as exciting that even the demons were subject to them in His name. I suspect many of you may have been equally excited on the day you realized the same in your own Christian life. Jesus acknowledged His disciples' excitement but quickly reminded them: "do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10:20)
In the same way, to many people today it is also important and exciting to know their ancestry. Some have invested quite a bit of money to research the matter and sadly, some of these have also been slightly disappointed because not all of their ancestors lived glorious, significant, or upright lives. What we were can never be as important as what we are today. In fact, many of us may say: "I thank God that I’m not the person I used to be."
Perhaps we’re not sure who we were before, but not anymore. Today, we can proclaim what we sometimes sing here in church, "I know who I am." And if our past was not glorious, our future definitely will be. In Christ, who are we? We are a blessed and holy people, a royal priesthood, a chosen generation, the children of the living God. (See 1 Peter 2:9) I know, sometimes we feel like we fall way short of this glorious description but if it is God who says this about us, it shouldn’t really matter what others say. In fact, neither should it matter when we ourselves don’t believe it. We’re much more than just an average so and so, but only because Christ lives in us. Now, that’s something to be happy about.]
Memory verse for the week: (James 5:20) “Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”