Daily Devotion for June 13, 2018
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
The Fountainview (Youth) Chorus sings a hymn that grownups should take seriously.
comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood,
for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision,
offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever,
'twixt that darkness and that light.
By the light of burning martyrs,
Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track,
Toiling up new Calv'ries ever
with the cross that turns not back;
New occasions teach new duties,
time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward,
who would keep abreast of truth.
To Belong to Christ
Oh loving Lord Christ, so eager to die that I might live,
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
Put me to doing; put me to suffering;
Let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you;
Exalted for you, or brought low for you;
Let me be full, let me be empty;
Let me have all things; let me have nothing.
I freely and with my whole heart yield all things to your will and direction.
And now, oh glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine and I am yours. Let this be for eternity, I pray.
To Be Free of Anxiety
Set free, O Lord, the souls of your servants from all restlessness and anxiety. Give us that peace and power which flow from you alone. Shield us from all perplexity and distress, that upheld by your strength and secured on the rock of your faithfulness, we may abide in you now and evermore.
[I am no longer my own, but yours.]
Oh God who has made me, oh God who keeps me, oh God who will be my Lord through all eternity, shine down Your blessings and wisdom upon me like the sun upon a field; and may I keep You in the forefront of my every thought and deed, throughout this day, and evermore.
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
Proverbs 2:7-10 (NLT)
He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
He guards the paths of the just
and protects those who are faithful to him.
Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,
and you will find the right way to go.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will fill you with joy.
John 5:41-47 (ESV)
I do not receive glory from people. But I know that you do not have the love of God within you.
I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
Notes on the Scripture
“Glory” is not a word used as much as it once was, because it signifies a kind of praise and honor based on great achievement of moral distinction, not so common in our cynical modern world. It means a distinctly high-minded type of praise, so high that we want to bow down in reverence. Our celebrities today have no glory. We do not “glorify” Taylor Swift, or George Clooney. Some might glorify Donald Trump or Barack Obama, but our morally shattered society will not allow consensus. The one person who springs to mind as “glorious” to me, Mother Theresa, is played down by the media. reflecting the mass of people hostile to Christianity in general, and the Catholic Church, specifically.
hrist here asks the question, how can we believe in him if we seek glory from others but do not seek the glory that comes only from God? We must remember the Scripture that precedes this passage: belief in Christ is the key to His grace, therefore the key to forgiveness of our sins and, ultimately, to eternal life.
Imagine a perfect person, someone who has never done anything wrong. Would such a person not deserve our highest admiration? Of course he would (and unfortunately, many hypocrites pretend to be sinless just in order to earn the praise of others). But the Bible teaches us that nobody is without sin. Only through Christ’s grace can our sins be forgiven, and only thus might we truly become glorious.
One of the cardinal attributes of belief in Christ is seeking after a deep humility, which poses a dilemma. We cannot advertise our “goodness”; we cannot actively seek the praise of men, if we want the true glory that can come only from God.
So Christ says, “if someone comes in his own name, you accept him; how can you believe (if) you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes only from God?” He does not say that we cannot accept glory from others, or give them glory “in their own name,” but He comes awfully close to it. This is especially true when we consider this passage with other of Christ’s teachings, e.g. “the meek shall inherit the earth.”
And thus we are relieved of our distress over the lack of glory given by society to persons of moral distinction. It is meaningless, for humanity cannot glorify itself. If we seek true glory, it must come from God; and ultimately His is the only opinion that matters.