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Devotions for Life

What Are You Seeking?

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 NAU).

What are you looking for? If you look hard enough for something you will usually find it. “If you’re looking for trouble, you will find it.” If you’re picking for a fight, you will find someone who is also picking for a fight. Many are looking for love in all the wrong places, and they usually find it. If you find your mate in a bar, you usually get what you’re looking for, and deserve what you get.

Jesus said that “the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls, and upon finding a pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Mt. 13:46). The man knew what he was looking for and found it, but it required giving up everything to obtain it.

When we seek something with a passion, we make sacrifices. If you want an education, there are some sacrifices to make, and today it requires a willingness for most to take on a large dept. Some are so passionate for what they want to do that they give up a good paying job to fulfill their life’s passion – for less income.

We admire people who have the determination to follow their dreams at great expense. But what about us spiritually? Do we have the passion of the pearl merchant? Will we be willing to give up anything that hinders us from becoming a citizen of the kingdom of heaven?

Jesus was not talking about a career, a wife or husband, or happiness when He told us to “seek.” He was talking about finding the kingdom of God (Mt. 6:33). If we want the right things we must passionately want them. If we ask the Father with an unceasing determination, He will grant our requests. The present imperatives always stress the continuance of the response. This can best be expressed in a rather rough translation as “keep on asking,” “keep on seeking” and “keep on knocking.” In other words, “keep on keeping on.”
Song: “Seek Ye First”

Prayer: Dear Father, let no apathy or indifference be found in my heart for You and Your Will. May I have a passion for Your holiness and may my love for You be manifested in my zeal for spiritual things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA


Don’t Mess With Jesus!

Today’s Verse: While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him” (Matt 27:19 NIV).

Have you ever had a preacher tell you, “Don’t have anything to do with Jesus?” I haven’t! But I will tell you this! Here is a man who was given power from on high to execute Jesus or to release Him as a free man. His decision on that fateful day is forever etched in the minds of humankind as the most cowardly, most heinous and the most self-serving act in history. It will, to use Roosevelt’s words, live on in infamy. But he had his warnings. Jesus appealed to his common sense, his wife appealed to him to avoid any action relative to this innocent man. God still appeals to our common sense.


“Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty”

Today’s Verse: ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me” (Matt 25:40 NASU).

Recently, a photo went viral. It is a picture of a New York police officer kneeling down putting a pair of boots on a homeless man’s feet. The officer, seeing a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk in the freezing cold without any shoes, went to a department store and bought him a pair of seventy five dollar boots and thermal socks and took them to the man. The officer’s actions would not have been known if it hadn’t been for a tourist from Arizona who saw what was happening and took the picture with her cell phone and then posted it on the NYPD web page. From there it spread all over the Internet.