Common Sense Reborn Daily Devotional Preview-Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

There’s a lot going on in the world today. The United States and Iran are on the verge of finally doing more than just saber-rattling and where that will escalate to, God only knows. Unfortunately, devout Christians understand that the world is going to get a whole lot worse just before the return of Jesus. As we march closer and closer to the 2,000 anniversary of Jesus’ resurrection, perhaps these are the beginnings of the end times.

On a lighter note, I wrote Common Sense Reborn with the hope that we could sway the course of history and move the world to accurately know Jesus and accurately represent Jesus to the world. Now, more than ever, I need your help to spread the word of CSR and bring people to this page to give them a daily dose of spiritual awakening. Thank you for your support. Below is the Daily Devotional. Enjoy.

January 8

21”Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.  Away from me, you evildoers!’”(Matthew 7:21-23)

Jesus wants a relationship with you.  He wants to know you.  You may have heard that before and it is absolutely true.  So what does it mean to have a relationship with Jesus?  Well, as this passage demonstrates, you can preach in the name of Jesus.  You can drive evil away in the name of Jesus.  You can even work miracles in the name of Jesus.  You can do all these and still not have a relationship with Jesus!  So how can you, just starting your faith journey, or you, the faithful servant, have relationship with Jesus if those who work wonders in His name can not have a relationship?  Well, turns out, Jesus isn’t impressed by what you can do, but rather why you do what you can do.  In the passage above, the caveat to those miracle workers is that they most likely did not do those miracles for the right motives.  It all comes down to your heart.  God and Jesus know what’s in your heart.  So whether you can heal a sick invalid or simply give your last twenty to a homeless man on the corner, it all comes down to where your heart is.  Because in your heart you will have relationship with Jesus and God. 

I pray this day strikes hope in many and fear in more.  I pray it gives those who love the least hope that Jesus knows them in their giving.  And for the stingy heart, I pray this strikes fear that Jesus sees the truth in your heart.  Because those that have been given the most will be asked to give the most in return.  And don’t think that you have earned everything you have.  Because every good thing comes from God.  He has gifted you with the talents you have to lead and influence many.  I pray you stay humble and fully seek for Jesus to know you and have a relationship with you.

We’ve completed one week, one week of the year has come and gone.  I hope you made the most of it.  We’ve only 51 weeks left.

Reading plan:  reread Matthew Chapter 6

Deeper reading plan:  add on Genesis Chapters 25-28

Prayer and meditation:  continue to pray for your request from day 1 and ask God to help you have a relationship with Christ.

Fitness challenge:  Second week of our 7×14 challenge.  Only one set still, but take your time and focus on your form.

1.  Standard push-up                2.  Sit-up or crunches

3.  Air squats                                4.  Hand-release push-up

5.  Leg lifts                                    6.  Lunges (7-each leg)

7.  4-count flutter kick

Mid-week journal:  write down your thoughts for the last couple days.  Where are you in your relationship with Christ?  Where do you want to be in the coming weeks?  Be honest and be bold.

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