Kingdom Life (31 December 2020)

Morning Encounter:

READ

“Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap ... and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow ... But if God so clothes the grass of the field ... will he not much more clothe you? ... Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat or ... drink or ... wear?’ ... your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

Matthew 6: 25-33 (edited).  English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK)

REFLECT

God is seeking to turn us into to people who can easily live out the life in the kingdom of God described and lived by Jesus. This may seem impossible now, but progress can be made as we allow God to train us through the events of life and by practices we adopt - all under the supervision of the Holy Spirit. 

RESPOND

Dear Lord, always near us, please use the events of my life, good or bad, to build my character into the character of Jesus. Then I will be able to live more easily the life that Jesus taught and lived himself. Amen. 

Midday Meditation:

Our workplace, as with every area of our lives, is a primary way that God is shaping us. Even periods of stress can become profound times for growing in grace over things like anger, worry or judgement (2 Peter 3: 18). As you think of your situation right now, in what ways is God working to shape and change you? 

Evening Reflection:

Many people expect God to act dramatically to change them, and sometimes he does. But the normal path of growth in Christlikeness is training through the circumstances and seasons of life. That's the course we're on. As you go to sleep, reflect on how God has been doing this in your own journey. And thank him. 

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