One and Not Done: The Gift of a Second Chance - Friday
- Memorize Lamentations 3:22-23: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
“If you abandon everything to Jesus, and come when He says, 'Come,' then He will continue to say, 'Come,' through you. You will go out into the world reproducing the echo of Christ’s 'Come.' That is the result in every soul who has abandoned all and come to Jesus.”
Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love Him with all that’s in you, love Him with all you’ve got!
Adverbs modify. They tell us how, in what way, when, where, or to what extent. Adverbs bring fullness to the words they help us describe. They bring distinction.
This past week, our family of six headed to the beach. After 10 hours in the car, you can imagine how happy we all were when we finally got out of our van and headed toward the sand and sea.
It wasn’t the first time our kids had seen the ocean, but it very well could have been by the looks of sheer delight on their faces. It was joy unspeakable. They didn’t just mosey on out to the water. They freely ran. Eagerly ran. Breathlessly ran. And they squealed. They intensely dug in the sand, joyously splashed in the waves, and vigorously ran after the seagulls. They were fully and passionately engaged in the moment.
And I found myself praying… Lord, help me to live that zealously, and even more so, for you.
If you’re reading these devotionals, my guess is that you love God. And it’s also likely that you love people. But let me ask you a question that I’m also posing to myself this week. If you were to use an adverb to describe “how, in what way, or to what extent” you love God and love people, which one(s) would be most fitting and true?
Wholeheartedly? Unashamedly? Fiercely? Lavishly? Joyfully? Sacrificially? Recklessly?
If not, I pray that the Holy Spirit will, in this very moment, awaken your heart to the “more” He has for you. Jesus wants more for your life. He wants you to know more of Him. He wants to lavish His love on you. And he wants you to go about your life - lavishly, joyfully, and sacrificially pouring that love out on others.
This week, we’ll be taking a look at a few important verbs that are crucial to the lives of Jesus followers. And we’ll be looking even more specifically at some important adverbs that are meant to accompany them. But for now, I want to leave you with this verse.
The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a