Window into the Heart of God

Opening Prayer: 

Thank you God that I am entering into this time with You.  Help my spirit to be overshadowed with You and empowered to understand my place in Your enterprises.  Amen

 

Read: Luke 24:33-34, NIV

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’”

 

Reflect: 

In the previous devotion we looked at the exciting events that took place for two of Jesus’ followers on the road to Emmaus.  They were filled with joy and it was just the most natural thing in the world to head right back to Jerusalem so they could tell the others.  It was a distance of about seven miles.  It was late in the day; we do not know if they even finished dinner.  They must have completed the journey in the dark.  They did not have flashlights or sneakers.  In short, they were really excited and got there somehow.

Once there, the stories of Jesus’ appearances were eagerly shared by everyone and they supported each other in realizing that the seemingly impossible really had happened.  At this point, they must have felt like the keepers of a treasure whose value was beyond counting.  Everyone who had an encounter with Jesus after the third day had the same response.  They rushed to tell someone.  All of them spent the rest of their lives telling their wonderful story.

 

Apply: 

Insight into God’s priorities makes you realize that what is really important to God is people.  He loves and values people above all other earthly things.  People are eternal beings.  You’ve never met a mortal man.  We will live to see the sun burn out.  We will live to see the galaxy and the whole universe pass away.  The most important thing for each person is to make the best of this brief, first stage of our eternal lives as a preparation for whatever comes next.  When you think about life in this manner, you come to realize that the way in which you value and love other people matters a lot to God.  That you told them the good news about Jesus is most important.  God promised Abraham that through Abraham all the nations would be blessed.  Jesus was a descendant of Abraham.  Clearly God is about the business of fulfilling that promise and the gospel message must be told to everyone.  The weight of our joy from our relationship with the Holy Spirit must outweigh any shyness or desire to fit in with this world, and we need to tell people how to have a successful life with purpose and meaning both now and forever more.

 

 Closing Prayer: 

Please help me, God, to “Go Tell It on the Mountain” that Jesus Christ was born and that He can be born in each person so that they are empowered to live a joyful, overcoming life regardless of their circumstances.   Help the witness of my life to be proof for the truth that I proclaim.   Amen


 

Terry Schneider