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Just For Today Daily Devotional

Monday, May 4

“May…the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you.”
Ps 19:14 NLT


Jesus said when the Holy Spirit came He would convict us of sin. But conviction is not the same as “getting caught.” When we get caught doing wrong we feel pain, but it’s not necessarily conviction over sin. Often it’s just embarrassment over how others are thinking about us. If we thought no one would ever know, we wouldn’t be in pain. And conviction isn’t the same thing as fear of punishment. Conviction is when you get a glimpse of what you’re capable of: “How did I become the kind of person who can lie, cheat on a test, have an affair, claim credit for what I didn’t do, act cowardly instead of courageously, or use people for my own ends?” These aren’t questions you’d normally ask yourself. The Bible says, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light” (Jn 3:19 NIV). When God is at work in your life, the pain isn’t about other people knowing, or even about the consequences. That’s all external. The pain of conviction is internal—it’s over who you are. Unless your car windshield is clean, you run the risk of ending up in a ditch. And you can’t clean it yourself while you’re driving—that’s why you have windshield wipers. Similarly, the Holy Spirit’s job is to reveal sin, let you repent of it, and cleanse you so that you can go where God wants to take you in life. Each day you need to pray, “Lord, send as much light as I can stand. Clean off my windshield so I can see more clearly. Cleanse me.”

Tuesday, May 5

“Don’t push your way into the place of prominence.”
Pr 25:6 TM


Aspiring to leadership is commendable. Paul said, “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position” (1Ti 3:1 NLT). But there’s a difference between stepping forward to take on the responsibility of leadership, and stepping forward to project yourself into the limelight. Harry Truman said, “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” The question isn’t whether you enjoy being the focus of attention, but whether you can take the heat that goes along with it. For every person who acknowledges your skills and appreciates your accomplishments, there’ll be ten who make demands on your time, talent, and treasure. Consider Barnabas. When the Gospel was first preached to the Gentiles, church leaders in Jerusalem sent Barnabas to check it out. “When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and…faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord” (Ac 11:23-24 NKJV). Barnabas had three sterling qualities: (1) He’d nothing to prove. He never sought the limelight. When he mentored Paul, he happily let the emerging apostle rise above him, supporting him every step of the way. (2) He’d nothing to lose. He didn’t seek to guard his reputation or fear losing his popularity. He wanted to serve, not be served. (3) He’d nothing to hide. He didn’t try to maintain a facade or image. He remained authentic, vulnerable, and transparent. And best of all, he rejoiced in the success of others.