Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Friday, October 21
“We all…beholding…the Lord, are being transformed into the same image…by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2Co 3:18 NKJV
TRANSFORMED BY BEHOLDING
Many Christians think God is just waiting to pounce on them for their failures, and their wrong believing produces wrong living. When you view God that way you can’t help but live in constant fear, insecurity, and anxiety over your sins and struggles. Today make a decision to turn your eyes away from yourself and place them on Jesus, for He has already made you righteous with His blood (See 2Co 5:21). The more you behold Jesus, the more you will be transformed into His likeness. “We all…beholding…the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory [by degrees (AMP)]…by the Spirit of the Lord.” Keeping your eyes on Jesus leads to the greatest expression of holiness. Many of us think we have to do more in order to be more holy and accepted by God. As you focus on Jesus and see His love, His forgiveness, His abundant grace, and His gift of righteousness purchased for you with His own blood, your approach to Christian living changes and you are transformed—from the inside out. Holiness comes by focusing on Jesus, not yourself. This is not outward behavior modification, it’s inward change sustained by a heart that’s been touched by grace and an emancipated conscience that’s freed from guilt and condemnation. As a result you begin to walk in victory instead of defeat. And this is the life that God wants you to experience today.
Saturday, October 22
“[Jesus] made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant.”
THE HARDEST THING YOU’LL EVER DO
The hardest thing you’ll ever do is to put others first and yourself second, because we intuitively look out for ourselves. Self-preservation is man’s first instinct—but it doesn’t work. Do you know how two goats respond when they meet on a narrow path above a river? They can’t turn back, and they can’t pass each other because they lack even an inch of spare room. The goats instinctively know that if they butt each other they’ll both fall into the river and drown. So how do they handle it? Nature has taught one goat to lie down so the other can pass over it; and as a result both animals survive and arrive at their destination safe and sound. Instead of seeing itself as a doormat to be walked on, the goat sees itself as a bridge to be crossed over. So it becomes a win/win. The Bible says Jesus “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant.” And to do that you must focus on other people’s needs instead of your own “rights.” President Calvin Coolidge once said: “No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.” And what’s true for any organization or business operation, is true for you. And here’s the best part: Every time you sacrifice in order to serve someone, you’re sowing seeds of blessing you will surely reap.