Yesterday, I caught our oldest hijacking our laptop to sing along to We The Kingdom‘s song “Waking Up.” I watched her around the corner of our kitchen undetected because she’s one to immediately stop her singing if she knows she is being watched. It brought a smile to my heart to see her singing a good, wholesome song. I don’t share these songs just for my own benefit, I share them in hopes that you’ll make listening to Christian music a priority in your life. There’s never been a time in our history when going all in for Christ has been easier. Even the music is hip, relevant, and fun. Below is another example of that from a church out of Los Angeles.
15Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst. 16But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life. (1 Timothy 1:15, 16)
I can relate so much to Paul’s words here. I’ve often felt that if the Evil Queen were to ask the magic mirror: “Who’s the worst sinner of them all?,” surely my name would be the answer. The truth is we’ve all sinned many times. But thankfully Jesus is merciful and forgiving. Each one of our lives is a testimony to the patience that Jesus exhibits in our behavior every single day. We get so frustrated with friends or even family who let us down again and again. But think of how many times we feel that we’ve let Jesus down. Yet He forgives us, He doesn’t gossip about us or slander us to other people. He forgives us as if it never happened. That is the example that we need to be.
Reading plan: 1 Timothy 3:14-16
Deeper reading plan: Jeremiah 39, 40
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.