Be Truly Human
Theme of the Week: Down-to-Earth Godliness
Friday, June 27, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: You are the ones chosen by God … to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. (1 Peter 2:9, The Message)
Dig Deeper: 1 Peter 2:5-10
Our job description has nothing to do with starting or growing churches, converting friends, or changing the political landscape. Jesus modeled a life he wants us to live, and his hope for humanity is that you and I will learn to be truly human: earthy saints who reveal God's glory to anyone who happens to be watching or searching.
Consider this e-mail I was thankful to receive:
Hey brother … Lindsey [a Starbucks store manager] said she is going to start coming regularly to Adullam. She said she really liked that you admitted you weren't perfect, you shared that you're a different guy today than you were 20 years ago, you said the resurrection story is hard to believe.
In short, it was your humanity that made all the difference for her. Just wanted to give you some encouragement and positive feedback. Proud of my pastor today.—Jake
We matter in God's incarnational kingdom. We enjoy him, we reflect him, we bring glory to him, and we become more like him all the time! And in the end, it is Christ in us who is the hope of glory, the hope of the world! So go and be human and let God be God.
—Hugh Halter in Flesh
My Response: What are some opportunities I have to "go and be human and let God be God"?
Thought to Apply: Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.—Phillips Brooks (pastor, writer)
Adapted from Flesh by Hugh Halter. Copyright ©2014 by Hugh Halter. Flesh is published by David C Cook. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me to not try to be holy in my own strength, but instead lean on the power of Christ's death and resurrection.
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