I recently subscribed for a 3 day reading plan on my youversion bible and it is about finding real happiness in the midst of the commotion and confusion in the world today. I will share with you its contents and also what i have understood from this devotional.
The text is 2Corinthians 4:4 and it says
The devotional says:
Test yourself. What is your mindset? Do you begin with God and his rights and goals? Or do you begin with yourself and your rights and wishes?
And when you look at the death of Christ, what happens? Does your joy really come from translating this awesome divine work into a boost for self-esteem? Or are you drawn up out of yourself and filled with wonder and reverence and worship that here in the death of Jesus is the deepest, clearest declaration of the infinite esteem of God for his glory and for his Son?
Here is a great objective foundation for the full assurance of hope: the forgiveness of sins is grounded, finally, not in my finite worth or work, but in the infinite worth of the righteousness of God, God’s unswerving allegiance to uphold and vindicate the glory of his name.
I appeal to you with all my heart, take your stand on this. Base your life on this. Ground your hope in this. You will be free from the futile mindset of the world. And you will never fall.
When God’s exaltation of God in Christ is your joy, it can never fail.
WHAT I UNDERSTAND
This devotional is trying to draw us back to the beginning and is asking us to think about the reason behind most things we do.
Do we do things for self esteem, social acceptance, or personal fulfillment and satisfaction? or do we do them because they please God?
The human being is naturally selfish and that is why in almost every chapter in the bible, we are reminded that we are helpless and useless without Christ in our lives.
He is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega, he who sees in the secret and in the open. You have not started until you invite him to lay the foundation of your purpose with you.
My mother always tells me to dip myself into Gods love and word. She says to cast my whole essence to him and that at every point in time, i should have this awareness that he is watching.
I have understood that in anything i do, my mindset should be geared towards beginning with God and ending with him.
Oh Lord, we lay down our body and soul to you as a living sacrifce, we appreciate the fact that you gave us your son to die for our filth. Lord give us the grace to do our things according to your will and to begin with you and end with you. AMEN