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Devotion - August 17, 2012
They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.
LET EVERY CREATURE PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME
For The Lord’s Generosity through Us
People naturally enjoy talking to others about the great events they have witnessed. Think about this year’s summer Olympics in London. How often did we hear or talk about the amazing feats of strength and skill displayed by the world’s finest athletes? Those were stories worth talking about.
Yet, those feats will have little lasting effect. Soon the Olympic buzz will die down. Athletes will be forgotten. Current records will be broken by other athletes who run faster, jump higher, throw farther, and perform more flawlessly.
Only the achievements of Jesus have a truly lasting effect – not just for a few of the world’s elite, but for all of us. His deeds won’t be forgotten. Nor will they lose their significance. They will never be surpassed.
With the greatest of compassion, the Son of God made the long jump leap from heaven to earth. With the greatest of humility, he ran a race that began in a cradle in Bethlehem and ended on a cross at Calvary. With the greatest of perfection, he fought off every temptation to sin. With the greatest of grace, he dead-lifted our sin upon his shoulders and paid for our guilt in full.
Because of his flawless performance God raised him from the dead and gave him glory beyond any gold medal. Yet, Jesus wasn’t looking for his own glory. He did it so that we might share in his glory. Eternal life is ours!
That is news about which we cannot afford to keep silent. Don’t let popular opinion convince you that Jesus is not appropriate public conversation. Don’t let your sinful nature convince you that you are not capable to share these simple truths about your Savior Jesus.
Who shared Jesus with you? Take a moment today to thank the Lord for generously sharing his salvation through that person. Meditate on the impact that Jesus has made on your life. Ask the Lord to provide you with opportunities to do the so-called “inappropriate” and “impossible” thing of sharing Jesus with someone in your life. He’s worth it!
Heavenly Father, thank you for providing someone in my life who cared enough to share Jesus with me. Give me opportunity and courage to show the same care by sharing Jesus with others. Amen.
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