In Need of a Savior

 Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.”

Matthew 14:25

Jesus stood on the shore alone. 

He didn’t look for a boat or wait until He found one. 

He just walked right into the storm and walked on the water.

Today, you may feel like you are facing a storm and looking at an impossible situation.

Good news: your Savior knows how to handle it.

He knows how to do impossible things.

When you are drowning in discouragement, get alone with God and spend some time with your Savior.  

He is called Savior for a reason.

He can do what no man can do and rescue you when you face the impossible.

Before you face the day, get face to face with Jesus.

He will bring you through it.

He knows the way.

Grief

“Then Jesus wept.” John 11:35 NLT

Following Jesus doesn’t mean that you don’t deal with loss, it means don’t deal with it alone.

It means that you have a Savior who goes with you into the depths of grief.

One who walks with you through the fear, the anger and heartbreak of it all.

He will hold you when you collapse under the weight of it and strengthen you as you deal with reality.

With Him you can courageously face the pain of loss as you hold onto the hope of heaven. 

No Need to Fake It

Jesus had a teaching moment with His disciples that is easy to miss and easy to misunderstand.  

On His was to cleanse the Temple, Jesus spoke these words to a fig tree: “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” (Mark 11:14)

You see, the tree was advertising that it had fruit with its full leaves. When He checked it, the tree had none and Jesus is not a fan of false advertising.  

On their way back, they saw that it had withered to its roots and was utterly dead.  

The world says fake it until you make it but God is never okay with us pretending that everything is okay when it is not. 

He would rather that we would be honest and say to Him, “I’ve got nothing today and I need help.”

My friend, you do not ever have to “fake it until you make it” with God. Be honest with Him today knowing that He is ready to give you what you need.

Let Him Love You

The world gives us great lessons on how to fake it until you make it, how to function in dysfunction and how to “live well” while being utterly broken inside.

Jesus offers life lessons in how to “live whole” through our daily relationship with Him.  

As you let Him love you, He heals what is broken and restores what has been lost. 

Through His love, Jesus works from the inside out.

He teaches you how to live loved.

How to live trusting and trusted.

How to live nurtured and nourished.

How to lead yourself and how to lead others with love.

“The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this.”

Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭21‬ MSG

Jesus will not give up on you.

Don’t give up on yourself.

Let go of your fear and lean into His love for you.

The Lamb of God

And he took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper, he took the cup saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” 

Luke 22:19-20 NIV

It was their last supper together.

A symbolic dinner that told the ancient story of freedom from slavery and redemption from death itself.

A lamb for each family that crowded the streets of Jerusalem that week.  A lamb sacrificed by a Temple priest.  A lamb that was consumed later as they moved through each symbolic element: the meat, the unleavened bread, the bitter herbs, the egg, the cups of wine, the applesauce.

The disciples were celebrating a holiday, Jesus was fulfilling prophecy.

Then Jesus put himself on the plate and in the middle of the story.

He picked up the bread, broke it and said, “This is my body given for you”. He took the cup and said, “This is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you.” 

Only God can make a new covenant. And He did.

After they celebrated the angel of death passing over those homes that were marked with the blood of the lamb, they witnessed the blood of the Chosen One being spilled under the lash of the whip and poured out on the wood of a Roman cross.

It was the last Passover Jesus had with His disciples before He became the Passover Lamb for His disciples and the world. 

For you. 

For me. 

Forever.

And He gave us a new way to remember it, we call it communion.

Dirty Feet

“After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

John 13:5 NIV

Before Jesus laid down His life, He laid down His rights to be important, to be taken care of, to be served and He served instead.

The moment the Prince of Eternity wraps a towel around His waist and takes the lowest possible position of the lowest servant in the house, takes my breath away.

The Son of God washes the grime and dirt off the feet of his friends. The King of kings who humbly serves the would-be betrayer, the deny-er, the not good enough, the doubter and hot-headed.

Afterward, Jesus told those who had seen Him raise the dead to life that they should do for each other what He just did for them: set aside position, become the lowest, meet the basic need with humble love. Love each other practically and continually. Put aside their rights and pick up their towel and they would be blessed. 

This week may you take your towel and love those around you like Jesus did.

Then, after a long day serving others, may you bring your own dirty feet (heart, soul) to Jesus in prayer and allow Him to gently wash you clean.

Choose Your Words Wisely

“Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”

Colossians‬ ‭4‬:‭5-6‬ MSG

Every conversation you have today is an opportunity to love.

Whether it is on Zoom, FaceTime, a phone call or face to face with those who live with you, the words you say are powerful.

Use them with intention and vision.

Use them to invite feedback.

Have conversations that inspire hope and are reminders of gratitude.

Today, you have permission to:

  • reach out to someone you haven’t talked to for a long time,
  • extend grace to someone who is bugging you,
  • do the ordinary thing that will help someone feel loved,
  • activate wisdom in every conversation and 
  • be intentionally uplifting with your words.

Be obedient to the little nudges from the Holy Spirit, especially the ones that push you outside your comfort zone.

God has put you where you are and in contact with who you are for a reason.

Be brave and seize every opportunity Jesus brings you today. 

It may make more of a difference in someone’s life than you can possibly imagine.

A Lifestyle of Love

My friend, go after a life of love today.

Make loving God and loving others your top priority.

“Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth”.

1 Corinthians‬ ‭14‬:‭1 MSG

More money, more stuff or more accomplishment will mean nothing if your life is void of love.

God has given you Himself and He IS love.

As Jesus teaches you how to receive His love everyday, He teaches you how to love others. You can’t give what you haven’t received.

Life with Jesus is a lifestyle of loving God and loving people.

That is it. 

It really is that simple.

In Your Darkest Moments

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 NIV

If you are feeling like the worst of sinners right now, know that you are who Jesus came for.

Run to Him.

His arms are open.

He has more patience for you than you have for yourself.

This is not about being a perfect Christian, it is about letting Him love you when you feel like you are at your darkest.

His Love is Strong

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6 NIV

My prayer for you today is that you will be so strongly connected with Jesus that His strong bands of love, loyalty, faithfulness and grace will invade every area of your life like the roots of a tree. 

I pray that you will experience this love, His love, that is higher than the highest mountain summit, deeper than the deepest cavern of the sea, wider than the expanse of east to west and with a reach long enough to rescue you from the darkest, dingiest place of shame that sin sucks you down to.

I pray that you will have power to truly take hold of God’s all encompassing, crisis surpassing, past erasing, future embracing love.

And that when you grasp this, even just a little bit of it, it will give you wings to rise above your circumstances, face the obstacles before you with courage and walk fully in your God given purpose.