by Jeff Brodie, Lead Pastor, Connexus Church
Welcome to Day 22 of the 24 Day Devotion. So glad you’re joining us! Each day for 24 days as a church, we’re going to read one chapter of the Gospel of Luke and post a devotion on it.
If you’ve never read the Bible, we’re so glad you’re joining us. And if you read the Bible, we hope this helps you grow in your faith.
Need to catch up? Start at Luke 1 – Is The New Testament A Lie? and follow along. Today’s devotion is below.
READ Luke 22
This chapter of scripture is packed with pivotal moments that define Christianity and our faith forever.
But at the centre of this chapter there is one incredible thing on display:
The heart of Jesus.
Driven by love and characterized by humility, all for the sake of an eternal relationship with you.
Jesus’ friends are betraying him, denying him, failing to support him in prayer, and even arguing about who is the most important among them, all while Jesus pushes through emotional, physical, spiritual pain, and death – all for one reason – a relationship with you.
On top of that, Jesus forgives them, gives himself up willingly to authorities, and suffers privately, all for the sake of the goal – an eternal relationship with you.
He is relentless in his loving pursuit of you.
His death on the cross and resurrection are all about forgiveness and a relationship with humanity.
Looking at this chapter, here is the question I’m forced to ask:
Do I live my life in a way that reflects Christ’s relentless pursuit of me?
My life pursuits should reflect Christ’s pursuit of me.
Now this is a challenging thing to think about, because it feels unattainable. How can you live a life worthy of what Jesus has done for you? The beauty is, Jesus died for us freely. He offers us His forgiveness without strings attached. That’s grace.
At the same time, we want to do what we can to live lives that reflect His grace, and are a thank you gift for what He’s done.
We’re not perfect, but as you look to apply this in your life today, ask yourself:
How can I take one further step towards pursuing a relationship with Jesus in the way he pursued a relationship with me?
How can I invite one person to discover a relationship with Jesus with the same passion for them that Jesus has?
If today is a dark day, how can I focus on humility towards others in the midst of betrayal, denial, and pain?
Jesus, thank you for your death and resurrection as you pursued a relationship with humanity. I ask your forgiveness and receive that gift today. Show me one step I can take towards living a life that reflects your loving pursuit of me and those around me.