The Riverbank Lent 2011 Devotional Plan
"The Journey to the Cross”
Day 27: Reading – John 13:18-38
Focus: Verse 25 – 26, 38 (The Message)
So, being the closest, he said, "Master, who?” 26 Jesus said, "The one to whom I give this crust of bread after I’ve dipped it." Then he dipped the crust and gave it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. 38 "Really? You’ll lay down your life for me? The truth is that before the rooster crows, you’ll deny me three times."
The Lord knows us like a loving father. He knows our tendencies, frailties, inclinations and yet chooses to respect our choices. If we didn’t have choices would we be different from computers ? Without choices how would anyone decipher and confirm humanity’s true intent? Our choices reveal us, they reveal our hearts. Jesus knew both Judas and Peter would betray and deny him. It wasn’t a discipleship program gone-bad, both disciples made bad choices, committed grievous sins but only one remembered the choice that leads to being forgiven. Choices matter!
Since everything in life is a product of choices, be careful then for what you sow, you will reap. Make good choices, sow good seeds and reap good harvest. (Galatians 6: 7 -9). A sincere worshipper, a devout follower is a choice; a loving parent is a choice. A faithful spouse is a choice; a kind soul is a choice. An obedient child is a choice; a good example is a choice; an excellent student, a difference maker and merciful hearts are all choices.
I appreciate and respect God’s love that never overrides our choices. God gently speaks and pokes our hearts with compassion and patiently anticipates we will make the appropriate decisions. His arms remain wide open just like the prodigal son’s father (Luke 15). Choices matter!
I pray that each day you will courageously make the right choices in Jesus Name, Amen.