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30 second devotional: lost and found

Daily devotional: Luk 15:8
8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

Are you a seeker? Are you lost?
I can relate to seekers. We seek truth, hope, and help. Relationships,satisfaction, homework and peace rank high on the scale of seeking. Even in a practical sense I relate to this woman seeking this lost coin. It was important to her wasn’t it? It may have been part of a dowry or just coins being saved for a future purpose. It would probably be the drachma worth the equivalent of the roman denarii which equaled one days wage. Whatever it’s worth it was imperative it be found. I don’t know about you but I spend many hours of my life seeking lost things. I remember dumpster diving looking for my sisters retainer. Even this morning I woke up looking for my wife’s glasses and my paperwork. Sometimes its people who don’t know they are lost. Other times its a tool I need or a pair of glasses. Whatever the object the need is weighted against the effort spent looking. Spend some time today pondering the lost. Its either a person,  place or thing. Then take a moment to ponder your estate. What is lost in you? What are you seeking and what is God seeking in you? How like this woman are you? How like this coin? The value here is placed by the seeker. God has moved heaven and earth to find you. What’s hindering you being found today. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Seeker, finder, lost and found. We all can relate to the joy of being found. The excitement of finding and the hope that these moments engender. Go find lost things. Go be found of him today. Go and rejoice.

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30 second devotional: Polished stones

2Co 4:15-17
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

In the eyes of God

We are worth too much to waste inefficient methods or materials on to prove in us things worthy of reward. Like a precious stone that is coaxed from the matrix surrounding it God works with precision and perfect timing to release us from the inefficient insufficient and ineffective matter that surrounds us. Like a experienced jeweler he cleans and painstakingly grinds and polishes us until the facets are beautiful with perfect symmetry. His will surmounts all other wishes and wills that grope for our attention. He opens our life as a bud to blooming not only for our benefit but for others benefit and ultimately His glory. Such beauty he creates in us as His light shines through the facets of our life we only glimpse. However what we catch only a fleeting glimpse of, others see in greater detail. Ultimately the Master Jeweler sees with perfect clarity. Those struggles that caused pain in the reshaping of ourselves become the focal point of His light as its reflection rebounds to and through the vision of others. Paul exhorts us elsewhere that the comfort we receive from God in our trials must be shared with others who suffer. This comfort to comfort and the reflection of His glory must shine to others and reflect in them as well. That is why it is glory to glory and from weakness to weakness that the power of Christ may rest upon us. That is what Paul meant when he said he would glory in weakness. Its the crucified life exposing the resurection and life. Its dieing to self and loving and forgiving as we have been loved and forgiven. That’s what he meant that the thanksgiving of others redound unto the glory of God. Much like the beauty of a well crafted diamond the inner fire begets the outer depth of beauty. Him in us the confidence of glory. May you today face your trials of faith not only for yourself but for the help of others and ultimately His glory that it might shine in you and through you against the backdrop of eternity.

What do you have or need?

What do you need? What do you have?
Act 3:5-6
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee:In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

Peter and John headed to the temple to pray at 3:00. The gate they chose is described as the beautiful gate. As was common in the east cripple and hurting people often sat at these entrances begging for help. The man there today was helpless. He could not help himself because he was lame. He was hopeless. He had tried all avenues of help and found no quick cures from mankind. This entrance to the temple might have been the Shushan or golden gate, the Nicanor gate or the Corinthian or eastern gate. All of these gates were used to access the temple. Jesus and his disciples passed thru these gates all of the time. They lead from the outside world thru the court of gentiles thru the women’s court into the Jewish court. Have you ever felt like God and good had forsaken you? This man knew despair. He had lain there a lifetime and Jesus had passed him by time and again. Have you ever felt worthless in the ministry of helping others? Peter and John came and had no silver and gold to give this man. He looked to them to receive money for his living. However much like the gifts of the world money fades, rusts and corrupts. This man had a need he had lost and a dream he had forgotten because of deferred hope. He had dreamt of walking but hope had given way to despair. His life was a cycle of meals and sleep till death. He needed Christ and he did not even know it. Tho you despair, rest in the truth, God’s timing is perfect. When the time is right God rains His blessings down. Love never tarnishes. Peter gave this man what God had freely given him. HOPE That’s a gift of grace. That’s ministry. So what do you have God has freely given you today? Go and give it away and fulfill the law of love. What do you need? Jesus is the answer