Real lyfe (16 July 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

We have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. It was all given to us by God’s own power, when we learned that he had invited us to share in his wonderful goodness. God made great and marvellous promises, so that his nature would become part of us. Then we could escape our evil desires and the corrupt influences of this world.

Do your best to improve your faith. You can do this by adding goodness, understanding, self-control, patience, devotion to God, concern for others, and love. If you keep growing in this way, it will show that what you know about our Lord Jesus Christ has made your lives useful and meaningful. But if you don’t grow, you are like someone who is near-sighted or blind, and you have forgotten that your past sins are forgiven.

My friends, you must do all you can to show that God has really chosen and selected you. If you keep on doing this, you won’t stumble and fall. Then our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will give you a glorious welcome into his kingdom that will last forever.

(2 Peter 1.1-11)

Reflect:

Real lyfe is about holiness. Does this sound inviting to you? Peter reminds us that though we could never become God, we can increasingly become like him, so that when people see us, they see something of our creator and redeemer in us. As we grow in holiness, in goodness, self-control and love we become more human and more like God. When holiness gets expressed in authenticity and genuine love, it attracts people to Christ. Jesus was holy and people couldn’t get enough of him.

Respond:

Where might the Spirit might be leading you to change today? What habits and struggles do you wrestle with – anger, addictions, selfishness, greed, pride? Bring these things before God today.

Midday Meditation:

‘The holiness tradition constantly holds before us the ultimate goal of the Christian life: an ever deeper formation of the inward personality so as to reflect the glory and goodness of God.’

(Richard J. Foster, Streams of Living Water)

Evening Reflection:

‘Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death to your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.’

(C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

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