For joy in following Christ
To have no worries for tomorrow
For the eyes to see Christ in others
Today’s text: John 1:43-51
IRENAEUS, A BISHOP in the “second generation” of Christians, meaning those who took up life and leadership in the Church as the first generation died, wrote the following in response to those who were worried that Jesus Christ had not returned:
Remember our Lord’s words: You did not choose me, but I chose you…the implication is that our service or worship does not add anything to God, as if the great God needs anything from us, but rather that his disciples were glorified by him….the reason why God seeks the service of men [and women] is that to follow the Savior is to share in salvation; to persevere is to know God’s blessing; to serve Him is to know life beyond death.
As Irenaeus said, remember! Remember Jesus has called you to life with him, has claimed you as his own in baptism, has fed you at his table with his own life. He will save us from self-pity and bitterness and turn our thoughts to our neighbors in their need. We do not give him glory; he gives his glory to us.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks