Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - March 12, 2010
Our devotion for today comes from 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 " For Christ's love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If One died for all, then all died. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised."
Wherever you are today (Selah), think on this; have you ever watched a mouse or a hamster in a cage? These active rodents will often run in circles or spin the rungs of a tiny tread wheel for hours on end. Do they realize that despite their great efforts, they are going nowhere?
When you occasionally slow down from your busy schedule filled with tasks and chores, you may find yourself feeling like a mouse: always running, but never making any progress. Life may seem to be streaming past you as you struggle to keep up. In a quiet moment today, ask yourself, "what am I living for?" Are you chasing a dream of monetary success? Are you searching for the perfect relationship? Or, are you just trying to garner enough energy to make it through another day?
If you are unsure of what you are living for, or even feel as if you have nothing to live for at all, hear the charge of 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. In this passage, Paul tells the believers in Corinth that Christ died "so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose on their behalf."
Essentially, as followers of Jesus Christ, we should be living for Him in honor of His sacrifice, in respect of His ways, and in obedience to His Great Commission to pass along the message of hope and eternal life available only through Him. Are you living for Christ?
Have a blessed day!
Your brother in Christ,J. H. Flakes, III