Happy Thursday Folks! I swore up and down yesterday that it was Thursday and that today would be Friday...I need to get it together.
Anyway, here's today's Devotion...
Today's Lesson: Don't Fall In Love With It
Scripture Text: 1 Peter 1:17
"Live...as temporary residents on Earth." (1 Peter 1:17)
The fact that this world is not our ultimate home explains why we experience difficulty, rejection, and disappointment. It also shines light on why some promises may seem unfulfilled, why some prayers seem unanswered, and how unfair some of life's circumstances are. Remember, this life is not the end of the road!! God allows us to feel a certain amount of discontent-longings that will never fulfilled this side of heaven, in order to keep us from becoming so attached to this world. We're not COMPLETELY happy here because we aren't supposed to be! When we get to heaven we'll say "Why was I so focused on earthly things?" Death does not mark our departure from home, but instead, our arrival to home!
Imagine if you where an ambassador in a hostile nation. You would have to learn its language and adapt to its customs. you couldn't isolate yourself. To fulfill your mission you'd have to understand what's going on and then know how to relate to those around you. But what if you fell in love with that country, preferring it to your own? Your loyalty and commitment would be compromised. Instead of representing your country, you'd start acting like a traitor. The Bible says "We are Christ's ambassadors" (2 Corinthians 5:20)
So don't get too attached to this old world. What we have here is temporary. "Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away" (1 Corinthians 7:31)
So use it, maximize it to fulfill God's purposes, but DON'T FALL IN LOVE WITH IT!
Today in Black History
In 1864 Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first African American woman to receive an M.D.
In 1940 Heavy Weight Boxer Jimmy Ellis was born.
Well, that's all for today folks.
Remember, God is Love...So make sure you love on someone today.
Peace and Blessings Fam!
:: LA ::