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More to Life

Devotions for Life


“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of
His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Eph. 1:19).
Recently I was in an airport people watching, which is an interesting hobby of many people. 
But what is so interesting is how so many refuse to look at each other unless it is absolutely
necessary or there is considerable distance between them.  I suppose it’s a way to stay relaxed
and to pass the drudgery of waiting for one’s flight. Occasionally, someone will catch you
looking at him and say “hi,” and a man just did, but it was intentional because he wanted
to plug in his charger for his wife.
I once asked a preacher in Ukraine why people never looked at each other outdoors, but inside
the university people were friendly.  He said it was because of fear during the years when the
KGB was such a threat under Soviet rule.  Well, that made sense for Ukraine, but not for us in
the good US of A!  This makes me think about the parable of the Good Samaritan.  How could
two of the most religious men of Judea turn a blind eye to a helpless, beaten, and robbed man? Although this is a parable, Jesus certainly wouldn’t have misrepresented the callousness of many religious people then and even today.
Do you recall Jesus talking to the rich young ruler?  When the man learned the cost of discipleship,
he walked away because he loved his riches more than God.  Luke said Jesus “looked” at him
(Lk. 18:24).  When Peter denied the Lord the third time, Jesus “looked” at him (Lk. 22:61).
Jesus warned people about “having eyes to see but seeing not” (Mt. 13).  If we expect to follow
Paul’s admonition ” as we have opportunity let us do good to all men…(Gal. 6:10), we must
have our eyes open to behold them.

Hymn:  “Let The Beauty Of Jesus Be Seen In Me”


Dear merciful Father, let the compassionate Jesus be seen in us all the days of our lives.
In His dear name, Amen.
Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA

Filling Our Souls

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Psalm 42:2).

In our world of over seven billion people, we walk alone. In spite of our modern communication devices, our constant chatter to one another, we often find ourselves lonely. What is it that causes us to surround ourselves with people, activities, and ambitions? Why do we still feel unfulfilled and restless?   “All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full,” the Preacher said in Ecclesiastes 1:7. That sounds like us. We toil to gain fame, money, power and prestige. Many who don’t achieve feel like failures. Those who attain to some degree are not happy. More is never enough. They still have an empty hole inside that is not being filled.


What Does Love Look Like?

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (I John 4:7).

Our culture defines love as “what makes me feel good.” That covers a range of things from a
new car, a favorite treat, doing good deeds, and being treated as special.John tells us that love is
from God and those who love know God. We are to love one another. What does godly love look like? We are going to go to I Corinthians 13:4-8a and look at the characteristics of love.
“Love is patient” (I Corinthians 13:4a). The first characteristic listed is patience. Patience is a characteristic of God. God’s patience is seen throughout the Old Testament in His dealing with His people. The Spirit brings to our attention that, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).