Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Sunday, June 25
“He who wins souls is wise.”
Pr 11:30 NKJV
BE WISE AND WINSOME
The Bible says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1Jn 2:15 NIV). But some of us act like loving the Lord more requires loving those around us less. We may feel awkward around them, or lose touch with them, or not know how to communicate with them, or we give off signals that we are spiritually superior to them. The Contemporary English Bible puts it this way: “If you act wisely, others will follow” (Pr 11:30 CEV). You are called to bring joy to people, not judge them. God has already established a time and a place for judging, and you won’t be on the throne when He does it! Jesus is called “the good shepherd” (Jn 10:11), and the Greek word for good literally means “engaging, attractive, fetching.” Christ was so magnetic that people were automatically drawn to Him. Are they drawn to you? Jesus said we are called to be salt and light. Salt makes the taste of food more enjoyable, and light shed on their path shows people the right way to go. Because they were wise and winsome, Isaiah the prophet spoke into the lives of kings, the three Hebrew children changed the politics of Babylon, and Joseph the economist saved Egypt from famine. Yes, Satan is at work taking Christ out of Christmas, prayer out of schools, and God out of government. But he won’t win, and he knows it (See Rev 12:12). His strategy, however, is to convince us that he can. So today endeavor to be wise and winsome so you can lead people to Christ.
Monday, June 26
“Understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Eph 5:17 NIV
UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WILL (1)
When you know you’re in the center of God’s will for your life, you have peace in spite of adverse circumstances. You have confidence to go to God at any time, knowing that He’ll provide what you need. You ask, “But how can I tell if I’m in the will of God?” By knowing these two things, which are clearly laid out in the Bible: (1) You must be a Christian. Paul tells us, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Ro 8:14 NAS). Only as a believer do you have the Spirit’s presence within you. And you must have this inside help if you’re going to follow the will of God and enjoy the blessing it brings. (2) You must exercise wisdom. “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Eph 5:15-17 NIV). The famous theologian and preacher Jonathan Edwards entered Yale University in 1716 at age thirteen, and at seventeen he graduated at the head of his class. By age twenty he “resolved never to lose one moment of time; but to improve it in the most profitable way I can.” At twenty-six he pastored one of the largest Congregational churches in Massachusetts. And when God decided to visit New England in the “Great Awakening,” He chose to use Jonathan Edwards because he was prepared and ready. Doing the will of God calls for staying sensitive to the Holy Spirit and living in a state of perpetual readiness. So, how are you doing with that?