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Scripture:   Mark 4:23 NLT

 

Scripture Reading:   Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand. God created us in his own image (Genesis 1:27). He designed us as relational beings with a desire to communicate and with ears so we could hear.

 

Thought:   Everybody has ears, but not everyone hears, listens, and understands in the way Jesus is describing. In fact, Jesus taught in parables to reveal truth to those whose hearts were open and to disguise the truth from those who were too prejudiced or stubborn to hear what he was saying. We’re not likely to hear God speak directly to us in an audible voice, but thankfully the Gospels are filled with Jesus’s words and his message to the world. To listen to Jesus’s words is as easy as reading the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit helps us understand and interpret God’s Word in the depths of our hearts. To truly hear Jesus’s words, we must believe them, use them in conversations, and let them shape our attitudes. When I was a child, my parents used to say to me, “Cameron, did you hear me? Are you listening?” Their words would go in one ear and out the other. I hope that never happens when God speaks to me!

 

Reflection 1:   We tend to hear God’s voice more when we’re in the habit of obeying him. How will you demonstrate your obedience today?

 

Reflection 2:   What might dull your spiritual sense of hearing? What might sharpen it?

 

Prayer:   Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of being able to hear you speak in your Word.

 

Contributor:   Cameron Tringale

Scripture:   1 Peter 2:2 ESV

 

Scripture Reading:   Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation. Someone much wiser than me once told me that there are three elements to growing your relationship with Jesus: prayer, fellowship with other believers, and spending time in God’s Word.

 

Thought:   If you have kids or younger siblings, you probably relate to today’s verse easily. When my younger sister was born, she relied completely on everyone else to take care of her—change her diapers, get her dressed, entertain her, feed her, and on and on. God wants his followers to have this kind of reliance on his Word. He wants us to feast on it for our nourishment and to feel hungry and discontent when it is absent from our lives. Just as babies need milk to grow up into healthy, functioning adults, we need a steady diet of time in the Bible to grow as Christians.

 

Reflection 1:   How might you cultivate a longing for the pure spiritual milk? List a few realistic steps you can take.

 

Reflection 2:   Are you growing up into salvation? What might that look like in your life?

 

Prayer:   Dear Lord, thank you for preserving your Word and making it available to me today. Help me to drink from your Word the way an infant drinks from its bottle. Only you have what I need, so help me develop my appetite for you.

 

Contributor:   Cameron Tringale

Scripture:   2 Corinthians 3:15-16

 

Scripture Reading:   A veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

 

Thought:   Have you ever spoken with someone, only to realize that they didn’t have a clue what you were talking about? That’s what happens when unbelievers try to understand spiritual truth. A veil of misunderstanding covers their hearts. They just don’t get it—until they turn to the Lord. When we turn to the Lord, we change our direction away from this fallen world and toward a life of knowing and pursuing the Son of God. The New Testament pictures the church as the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25-27,32; Revelation 19:7-9; 21:2,9). Just as a groom beams with anticipation as the wedding procession begins, so Jesus eagerly waits to embrace us. And when he draws us to himself, giving us the faith to boldly accept his invitation, he lifts the veil of our own sin and rebellion from our eyes so we can see his glory and with transformed minds begin to pursue him with our lives.

 

Reflection 1:   Take a moment to reflect back to the time you first turned toward Jesus and your veil was lifted. Then consider your spiritual posture today. Are you still facing the Lord? If not, why? Have you put back on any veils of sin and selfishness?

 

Reflection 2:   Ask Jesus to remove the veil from the eyes and heart of someone you know.

 

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, thank you for your Son. Thank you for pursuing me and inviting me to know you intimately. Help me to turn to you today.

 

Contributor:   Cameron Tringale

Scripture:   Nehemiah 6:3 ESV

 

Scripture Reading:   I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”

 

Thought:   Work and distractions. Almost on a daily basis, professional golfers can expect reps, caddies, fans, and the media to turn our focus away from our work. We learn how to navigate the various diversions so we can pursue our best golf game, but what about pursuing Jesus in our everyday lives? As Christians, our “great work” is living out the gospel and spreading the good news, but staying on task isn’t always easy. Culture encourages us to focus on work, wealth, possessions…and our favorite sports teams. How cautious are we of the influences in our lives—books and magazines, TV shows, radio programs, music, and people we meet? None of these things are bad, but sometimes they can divert us from serving God. We are free to enjoy the many offerings of our culture and this world, but we must prioritize a relationship with and service to our Lord in our schedules and in our hearts.

 

Reflection 1:   What is likely to distract you from your great work of following Christ?

 

Reflection 2:   What can help you stay on track in your great work?

 

Prayer:   Dear Lord, today and always, help me to be as committed as Nehemiah when it comes to doing your great work.

 

Contributor:   Cameron Tringale