Friday, March 18

Receive

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

1 Corinthians 9:12-27
… we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.

…when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel…


Reflect

Paul was captivated by the love of God revealed in the gospel of Jesus.

And that resulted in a life comprehensively committed to doing everything in his power to win the world around him to Jesus.

That’s the normal Christian life, the way Paul saw it.

The reality is that we will bear witness to Jesus to the extent our hearts are enchanted by the gospel. The extent of our witness to Jesus reveals the condition of our heart toward the gospel.

“For Christ’s love compels us…”


Remember

Before you go to sleep each night, spend a few minutes thinking over the day that’s now coming to an end. Invite Jesus to walk with you through the day, and bring to mind those things that would be helpful to sort out with him in the safety of his love for you.

What were the thoughts and feelings within you when you woke up? How did you spend the first hour of your day?

What was the highlight of your day?

What occupied your attention the most?

Where did you most sense God’s presence during your day? What was going on?

Did you sense God’s prompting to do something? Or say something? Did you sense him move you to engage with a particular situation you noticed? How did it go?

What were your primary emotions? Was there a fear or anxiety that was constantly present? Was there a hunger or a longing that was a constant itch?

Was there peace? Joy? Gratitude?

Who were the people you interacted with today? How do you think your interactions went? Was there a conversation you wish you could redo? Is there someone you need to make peace with tomorrow?

Is there someone whose forgiveness you need? Is there someone you need to forgive?

End your day in the Lord’s prayer.