CSR Daily Devotion

I missed my post yesterday. The devil took out my internet all day. And after reading yesterday and today’s devotions, I understand why. But I’ll share them both now. Sorry for those actually following the reading plans, you have a little extra to read now to catch up.

July 30

17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  (Colossians 3:17)

I feel like most people are like I used to be when reading this verse.  Actually, let me be honest, I am still one of these people.  I still read this verse and think:  that sounds nice.  Whatever I do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of Jesus.  Yeah, that sounds nice.  But taking that verse seriously.  Bringing it in, reflecting on it, and then living this verse.  Whatever YOU do.  WHATEVER.  YOU.  DO.  Whatever, anything.  Every act.  Every word spoke.  Every word typed.  Every word thought.  DO IT ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS.  All of it.  Do it all for Jesus.  He bore the cross for you.  He was beaten for you.  He was flogged for you.  He was spit on for you.  He was nailed to a tree for you.  He died for you.  And then Jesus did what no other could, and no one has since.  Jesus defeated death.  And even that, He did that for you too.  So again, the least we can do in return, is live our lives in the name of Jesus.  That’s the least we can do.  Just do that and eternal life is your reward.  What an unbelievable return on your investment.  Give your life to Jesus and He gives you eternal life.  This is why our God is so unexplainably gracious and glorious.  He asks for something so easy and simple, and in return gives us forever.  We are the ones that mess it up and make it more complicated than it ever was meant to be, or ever needed to be.  Keep it simple, and do it all for Jesus.

Reading plan:  Colossians 4 

Deeper reading plan:  Isaiah 63, 64

Prayer and meditation:  Pray for our country.  Pray for love to conquer all.  Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.

Fitness challenge:  Distance run day.  Run as far and as long as you want, but make sure you are out there pounding pavement for at least 30 minutes.

Today’s the perfect time to share this HOT new track by Brandon Lake.

July 29

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  13Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  (Colossians 3:12-14)

There is really nothing to add to these verses from Paul.  All I ask, all I plead with you to do is put these words into practice.  Clothe yourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  FORGIVE AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU.  And over all these, OVER ALL THESE, just love.  Just love.  It’s that simple.  Love God, love all He has created.  And love people.  No matter how frustrating, annoying, different, or mean people can be, love them anyway.  Put this into practice and preach it to all those you know.

Reading plan:  Colossians 3

Deeper reading plan:  Isaiah 61, 62

Prayer and meditation:  Pray for our country.  Pray for love to conquer all.  Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.

Fitness challenge:  Last day of our July circuit:  25 reps for 3 rounds.

  1. Hand-release push-up
  2. Cross-punch sit-ups
  3. Flowsteps (25-each leg)
  4. Side planks with rotations (25 per side)
  5. Jumping lunges (25-each leg)
  6. Leg Lifts
  7. Burpees

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