Day 21 – You Are A Part Of This

Day 21

Read

Revelations 21:3-6, Ephesians 2:9-10

Reflect

No one needs to tell you something is not right in this world.  No one needs to tell you it’s not right for an infant to be abandoned, it’s not right for children to be slaves, or it’s not right for people to plan explosions that take lives.

We think the world is too big.  We think the world is hopeless.  We think we cannot stop the tide of tragedy.

But there is something right in our world too.  Christ came to make it right.  Christ came to make us new.  Christ came to show us love. He gives us a glimpse of heaven on earth.

You might not see the role you play is this life and you might not see the value of your life in this world, but I once heard a tale related to this that stunned me.

A good man passed away in his old age. He finally got to heaven and he asked God; “Why did you allow so much pain and suffering in the world?  Why not end it all?” Then God replied, “I was going to ask you the same thing.”

Whoa.

If you are God’s masterpiece, what good things has he planned for you to do?  You and I can become part of the new story God is writing.

He is going to make all things new.  When we surrender our lives to Jesus, he can make us new and we can become a part of God’s story.

Respond

Belong – Because you can belong before you believe.
There is something intriguing about hoping for a new world.  What is it in you that longs for things to change in the world?  Where do you think it comes from?

Believe – Because those who belong often start to believe.
Think of a believer that you see making an impact in the world, large or small.  What is their motivation?  How does their example inspire you?

Become – Because everyone who believes can become someone new.
Where is there pain and suffering around you?  Spend time asking God where he might be planning good things for you to do if you would only listen?

Dear God, you are the God of all the heavens and the earth, thank you for giving us Jesus to show perfect love. I pray to see the value of my life in your great story, and to become the masterpiece you created. Help me to see myself, and the world, the way you do. In Jesus name, Amen.

– by Sarah Flemming

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