Daily Devotion on Acts 16:11-15

Text: Acts 16:11-15

Do you remember what it was like to learn for the first time what Jesus means for you? I don’t have that privilege. I have believed in Jesus for as long as I remember, but I have had the privilege to see others come to faith in Jesus. It is different for everyone.

For some it is simply a quiet understanding that comes either suddenly or over time, a quiet peace that only Jesus can offer. For others the message of forgiveness for all past wrongs is enough to cause tears to stream from even the most stoic eyes. I knew a man who did not come to faith until he was in his 90’s. As a survivor of both world wars and the great depression there was no doubting this man’s toughness, but when it came to Jesus he could not stop the tears from streaming down his weathered face.

In the reading from Acts for today we are introduced to Lydia one of the many Jews that Paul had the privilege to bring to Christ. In a short time the Word worked on her heart and in just as short a time her life was changed. She already believed in God but did not know yet what God had done for her. Paul shared with her the message of the crucified and resurrected Christ Jesus and she believed. She came to understand the hope, forgiveness, and peace that can come only from Jesus and her life was never the same.

The excitement and peace that accompanies faith in Jesus is a tremendous thing. Unfortunately we often are very quick to forget what Jesus means to us. When times get hard, when the worries and struggles of this life begin to close in on us we can quickly be tempted to forget the peace that comes from the forgiveness won by Jesus.

I challenge you today to remember or imagine what it would be like to first find out that your sins are forgiven and that you have a right relationship with the all powerful God. Imagine what your life would be like without Jesus because when you do that you can begin to see what he does for you on a daily basis. Find some of that joy and excitement that was yours when your faith was new. Turn to Christ, he offers peace and a meaningful life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive us when we fail to turn to you in every trouble. Forgive us for the spiritual apathy that so easily invades our lives. Open our hearts to respond to the wonders done for us in Christ. We know that forgiveness is ours already. Help us remember Christ’s love and live in that love every day. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on April 23, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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