A Year of Grace

365 Days of Grace From God's Word

Focus, Trust, Rejoice

Psalm 5 – O Lord, hear me as I pray;
pay attention to my groaning.
2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
for I pray to no one but you.
3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness;
you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
5 Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence,
for you hate all who do evil.
6 You will destroy those who tell lies.
The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.

7 Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
8 Lead me in the right path, O Lord,
or my enemies will conquer me.
Make your way plain for me to follow.

9 My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.
Their deepest desire is to destroy others.
Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.
Their tongues are filled with flattery.
10 O God, declare them guilty.
Let them be caught in their own traps.
Drive them away because of their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over them,
that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
12 For you bless the godly, O Lord;
you surround them with your shield of love. (NLT)

This psalm is titled: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by the flute. It is traditionally believed to be a psalm of morning prayer.  In this psalm David comes to the Lord in the morning to receive the strength – and the joy – that he needs for the day.  In verse two he states: “for I pray to no one but you.”  This may sound strange to us, and we might ask, ‘to whom else would he pray?’  However, the Hebrew implies that David is focused solely on God during his prayer time.  A great lesson for us!  Quite often we try to squeeze in some prayer time, and we go to God with so much clutter on our minds that we never really focus on God.  Sometimes our prayers are hurried, and even legalistic – we pray only because we know we should.  Verse two should teach us to set aside prayer time so that when we pray, God alone has our attention. 

Verse three makes it clear that David would pray in the morning.  He would not wait until something ‘came up’ and he needed prayer.  He recognized that he needed prayer first thing!  Prayer at the start of our day sets the tone for the rest of the day.  It helps us maintain focus throughout the day.  David knew the power of prayer, for he wrote: “Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” David knew that God hears and answers prayer, and so he waited expectantly.

In verses four through ten, David gives a contrast between the godly and wicked. When we consider the godly and the ungodly, I believe that verse seven speaks volumes: “Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house.” Our confidence in approaching God has nothing to do with anything that we have accomplished, but is in the love and mercy of God – a love and mercy that never fails.  The godly have not earned more points than the ungodly, they have simply accepted God’s grace, and in turn seek to live a life pleasing to God.  When they know God’s unfailing love, they are eager to take refuge in the Lord, and they rejoice (verse 11).

Today, let us take the time to focus on God.  Let us focus on God early in our day, not waiting for trials to surround us.  Let us trust that God will hear and answer our prayers, and let us rejoice in the refuge God offers! 

Posted by Ramón Torres

Your Hearts’ Desire

Psalm 20 – In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.
May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
2 May he send you help from his sanctuary
and strengthen you from Jerusalem.
3 May he remember all your gifts
and look favorably on your burnt offerings.

4 May he grant your heart’s desires
and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory
and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer all your prayers.

6 Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king.
He will answer him from his holy heaven
and rescue him by his great power.
7 Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,
but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
8 Those nations will fall down and collapse,
but we will rise up and stand firm.

9 Give victory to our king, O Lord!
Answer our cry for help. (NLT)

The title of Psalm 20 is the same as a number of others: To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.  This psalm, however, is different in nature than the other psalms by the same title.  The difference in this psalm is that it is written in the first-person plural.  In other words, a group of people were offering up this prayer for King David. 

This would explain verse four: “May he/God grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.”  If we were to take this verse out of context, one would be led to believe that God grants to everyone who asks whatever they desire.  Thanks be to God that God does not grant us whatever we desire, for how much have we desired that would not have been any benefit to our well being?  To place verse four into its proper context, let us note 1 Samuel 13:14, which speaks of David – “the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people.”  It is right to pray for our heart’s desire – when what we are after is also found in the Lord’s heart. 

Does God grant us whatever we desire?  Only when our hearts are aligned with God will God grant us our hearts desire.  The New Testament speaks of this: James 4:8 – Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world (NLT); and 1 John 5:21 – Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts (NLT).

Today, let us examine our hearts.  Let us not have our loyalties divided, but let us seek after the Lord’s heart. 

Posted by Ramón Torres

Trusting Enough To Follow

Psalm 25 – O Lord, I give my life to you.
2 I trust in you, my God!
Do not let me be disgraced,
or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,
but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

4 Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
5 Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
which you have shown from long ages past.
7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
for you are merciful, O Lord.

8 The Lord is good and does what is right;
he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
9 He leads the humble in doing right,
teaching them his way.
10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness
all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.

Historically speaking, scholars debate whether or not this psalm was written by David, or at a later date, perhaps even during the Babylonian captivity.  Regardless of who wrote it, and when, it is the Word of God and has much to teach those who would listen.

The psalm begins with the calling of each and every Christian – to give our lives to God.  What exactly does it mean to give our lives to God?  Each of us must answer this question for ourselves.  For me, it means that I trust God not only for eternal life, but for direction in my life here and now.  I believe the psalmist, who did not know of eternity as we know, was speaking of the here and now in this psalm.

The psalmist states in verse three: “No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced.”  The psalmist then asks God to point out the right road to follow.  For the Christian, disgrace does not come from failure as the world defines failure, but disgrace comes from following the wrong paths.  Giving our lives to God, and trusting God, means following the path God desires for us to follow.  We walk that path when we live by God’s Word (verse 5).

The psalmist then goes on to state in verse three: “but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.” I believe that we Christians deceive ourselves, and try to deceive others,  when we claim Jesus as our Lord but then live as if Jesus is only something we save for life after death – as if Jesus were nothing more than some ‘get out of hell free card.’  Because of Jesus, we do have access to eternal life, but we are called to trust God enough to live a life right now that is different.  I shared in a sermon a few weeks back that if our lives are not markedly different now than when we came to know Jesus, then we have not really met Jesus yet! 

Today, let us truly give our lives to God.  Let us truly trust – trusting God enough to walk only on the paths that God’s truth leads us along.

Posted by Ramón Torres

Joy Filled Life!  

Psalm 1 – Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.

4 But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction. (NLT)

Today we consider the very first Psalm, which many scholars believe to be a preface or introduction to the entire Book of Psalms.  I have used the New Living Translation, but many may be familiar with other translations.  Verse one is often translated as: “Blessed is the man.” I like the NLT for this psalm.  The word translated as blessed is plural in the Hebrew.  The word is used to describe that which is produced in our lives by living a godly life.  A godly life is a blessing, no doubt, but I believe those who are blessed by living a godly life know joys that others often overlook.

From the very first chapters of the Bible, and throughout, we know that God created us to have a relationship with God.  A relationship with God creates many blessings which produces great joy.  God created us to be happy and joy filled!  Indeed, the New Testament is filled with verses that speak of this joyful relationship.  Consider just a couple of those passages: For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17); Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy (1 Peter 1:8); our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy. (1 John 1:3-4).

Perhaps, one of the best known verses that speaks of this joy comes from Paul’s letter to the Galatians: the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23).  Verses two and three of Psalm 1 tell us that we will produce this fruit in our lives if God is our delight.

Today, let us delight in the joy filled relationship that God desires with us.  Let us meditate on God’s Word, and be joyful!

Posted by Ramón Torres

Choose Your Words Wisely

James 3:1 – Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring. (NLT)

The Book of James is a wonderful biblical book for exploring practical ways to live out the faith we have in a Triune God.  While James begins this section speaking about teachers in the church, the Word of God speaks to all Christians.  In this passage, James speaks about the words we use.  Verse ten is powerful: “And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”

It saddens me when I hear the way some Christians speak to and of one another.  I have always believed that the words we use speak volumes about our relationship with God.  If we are nurturing our relationship with God, it will change our words!  My father used to tell me: “If you can’t improve on the silence, don’t break it.”  I believe this is good advice.  It is often those closest to us that receive the brunt of our cutting words, especially when spoken out of anger.  Ephesians 4:31 tells us to get rid of rage, anger, and all harsh words.  Jesus said in Matthew 7:3 – “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?”  When we are quick to see faults in others, but have not gotten rid of harsh words spoken in anger, we have a log in our eye!

I mentioned earlier about faith in our Triune God.  Remember, God is available to us through the power of the Holy Spirit.  In John 14:17, Jesus promises us that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth.  In John 14:26, Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will teach us and remind us of all we need to know.  Let us seek the power of the Holy Spirit, asking the Spirit to help us choose our words wisely.

Today, let us allow others to see Jesus by the way we speak.  Let us not speak words that tear down, instead let our words truly encourage and strengthen one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11). 

Posted by Ramón Torres

Humility

John 13:1 – Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.  6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”  8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”    Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”  9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”  10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. (NLT)

Today we encounter a powerful passage of Scripture.  Much has been said and written about this passage, so let us consider just a couple of things.  First, it is important to note that foot washing was a task reserved for the lowest ranking servant in a household.  Of course, many households did not have servants, but everyone present would have known how humbling this was for anyone to perform, much less their Messiah!

When I consider that Jesus was God in the flesh, I realize that every moment of his earthly life was humble servanthood.  Whatever heaven is like, to come to earth in any fashion, much less as a poor peasant, is a powerfully humbling thing!

Secondly, let us consider what Jesus says in verses fourteen and fifteen.  Jesus tells us that we have been given an example to follow, and that we ought to wash each other’s feet.  Some Christian groups make foot washing an ordinance of their church.  I see nothing wrong with the ordinance of foot washing and have experienced the power of such services.  However, I read more into Jesus’ words than just washing of another’s feet.  By washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus shows us that there is nothing too low for a servant.  As Christians, we are all called to be servants – servants to one another, and servants to the world.  

How powerful our witness for Jesus would be if we lived as humbly as Jesus calls for us to live!  How different would the world be if Christians this day truly lived a life defined by humble servanthood? 

Posted by Ramón Torres

Secure in Whose we are

Mark 12:35 – Later, as Jesus was teaching the people in the Temple, he asked, “Why do the teachers of religious law claim that the Messiah is the son of David? 36 For David himself, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.’

37 Since David himself called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with great delight.

38 Jesus also taught: “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. 39 And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets. 40 Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be more severely punished.” (NLT)

Shortly before this reading took place, Jesus had arrived in Jerusalem.  As he entered into the city, he was hailed as the ‘Son of David’ by the crowds (Matthew 21:9).  This was a title for the Messiah, and it caused quite a stir among the religious and civil leaders.  Jesus quotes from Psalm 110, and asks how David’s Lord could also be David’s son.  Because Jesus silenced the teachers, the crowd was pleased!  Several theories have been offered as to why they did not answer Jesus, but it basically comes down to the fact that they did not understand the nature of the Messiah.  They looked for a political and military messiah, Jesus was/is a divine messiah – sent from God, indeed, God in the flesh!

Immediately following this short story, we have another story about the religious teachers.  It is not by accident that these two short stories are given together in this passage.  The first story teaches us that our Lord is above all others.  None come above Jesus.  The second story, of the religious leaders parading around, teaches us that many people like to appear as if they are above others.  Jesus, who truly was above all others, lived humbly and never used his true position for any worldly gain.  The religious leaders, who were just people like anyone else, used their positions for any gain they could receive. 

This teaches us that we must strive for humility.  Jesus had no need to appear more important than anyone else because Jesus was secure in who he was, and he was secure in his place in eternity.  We were created for much more than life here and now.  When we find security in who we are, and in whose we are, the need to appear to be more than what we are will disappear.

Today, let us celebrate whose we are, and what we were created for! 

Posted by Ramón Torres

Willing to Follow

Romans 1:8 – Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. 9 God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.

10 One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. 11 For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. 12 When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

13 I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles. 14 For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike. 15 So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News. (NLT) 

In today’s reading, we encounter the burning desire that the Apostle Paul has to reach all people with the message of Jesus Christ.  In verse thirteen, Paul states that he had wanted to visit the church in Rome so that he could work among them.  The work that he had planned was to reach out to those who did not know Jesus.  This becomes clear in verse fourteen, where Paul writes that he has an obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world.  As in some translations, and in the original Greek, Paul writes: I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians (NKJV).  To the Greeks, anyone who was not a Greek was a barbarian.  So, Paul is not implying that any people were inferior, rather he is simply using the language of that day.  Nonetheless, we can see that Paul was willing to share the Gospel message with anyone, and everyone. 

Paul also states in verse thirteen that he had been prevented from visiting the church in Rome.  Paul was not saying that people or governments prevented this, but that he was divinely prevented.  We catch more of this thought in Acts 16:6 – “Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. 7 Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. 8 So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas.” Paul shared the Gospel message with all that he could, but he followed the Holy Spirit’s guidance as to where and with whom.  Likewise, when we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us, we will be led right to the person(s) with whom God wants us to share the message of Jesus.

I pray that each of us will allow the Holy Spirit to guide us.  As with Paul, it may not where we had planned.  I pray that we would be willing to set our plans aside when they are outside of God’s plan.  If we are willing to follow the Holy Spirit, there is someone this very day that we will have the opportunity to share the message of God’s love through Jesus Christ.   

Let’s be willing to follow the Spirit’s lead!   

Posted by Ramón Torres 

Good News, But Who Will Share? 

Romans 10:5 – For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. 6 But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven’ (to bring Christ down to earth). 7 And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” 8 In fact, it says,

“The message is very close at hand;
it is on your lips and in your heart.”

And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: 9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (NLT)

In this passage, Paul writes about saving faith – a faith that makes us right with God.  We should note that in this letter, Paul has already stated that it was impossible to be made right with God by keeping the law, because it was impossible to keep the law.  Romans 4:15 – “For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!”  So, that pretty much leaves out the keeping law as a way of being right with God! 

In verses six through eight, Paul is referring to Deuteronomy 30:11-14, and he adds his own commentary, which may be in parentheses in your Bible.  Romans 10:6 – “But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven’ (to bring Christ down to earth). 7 And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” Paul was stating that it should be obvious that we cannot go up to heaven, or go to the place of the dead, and return. The point here is that human works cannot obtain salvation. 

Paul then makes it clear that it is faith in what Jesus has done for us that makes us right with God.  Romans 10:9 – “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”  We must understand that Paul is not separating believing and confessing.  Translating the Greek syntax makes it appear so to us – but we could also translate verse ten as: “For one believes with their heart and confesses with their lips and is justified and saved.”  We don’t have a two step process here.  Believing with your heart and confessing with your mouth need to go hand in hand. 

The message of salvation, of being made right with God, is Good News, but it is too good of news to keep to ourselves!  Because it is too good to keep to ourselves, Paul ends this passage with a call to being a witness.  No one can believe and be right with God if they have not heard, and they will not hear unless someone tells them.  Many Christians live under the assumption that everyone in our country knows this good news, but that is not the case.  Many people believe that Christians worship a God that wants to condemn people.  We need to share that God is loving, and that God does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent (2 Peter 3:9). 

Today, let us share this Good News so that others may know and come to believe! 

Posted by Ramón Torres

More Difficult Than Paying Taxes? 

Mark 12:13 – Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay, or shouldn’t we?”

But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”  And they were amazed at him. (NLT)

In today’s passage, we have two groups that opposed each other coming together to confront Jesus. The Pharisees generally opposed Roman rule, while the Herodians, a political group, cooperated with Rome.  Perhaps they wanted Jesus to settle their disagreement.  We don’t know for sure, but the word ‘catch’ in verse thirteen implied an attempt by both groups to trap Jesus.

What I find to be so powerful about Jesus’ answer has nothing to do with paying taxes, and everything with being a Christian.  Jesus said to give to God what is God’s.  What exactly belongs to God? Everything!  Most importantly, for we who call God ‘our God’, our very lives belong to God.  God’s Word tells us: “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

As Christians, we are not to live for ourselves.  Indeed, Jesus told us that if we try to live for ourselves, we will only lose our life.  Only in giving up living for ourselves can we discover life. (John 12:25).

Chris Tomlin had a popular song a few years back entitled, “You Are My King.”  A beautiful song!  In this song we find these words: “It’s my joy to honor you. In all I do I honor you.”  Today, let us honor God in all that we do, in all that we say, in all that we think.  Let us give back to God what belongs to God. 

Posted by Ramón Torres

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