To live effectively, we must keep our eyes on Him

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, April 5, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

The Christian life involves hard work. It requires us to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God, to run patiently, and to struggle against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. To live effectively, we must keep our eyes on Him [Jesus]. We will stumble if we look away from Him to stare at ourselves or at the circumstances surrounding us. We should be running for Christ, not ourselves, and we must always keep Him in sight. (NLT)

Hebrews 12:1-3 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up.

Quoted verse: The end of a matter is better than its beginning. –Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NIV)

“Story” – Isaac Broune (Abidjan, Côte ďIvoire) titled his story “FINISHING WELL;” here is a portion of Isaac’s story:

“The other day, I failed my first driving test. . . .

“This experience drew my mind to today’s readings. If I lose sight of the finish line, I will not receive the prize. Like my trainers and friends who were expecting me to send them word of a positive outcome to my driving test, ‘a cloud of witnesses’ surrounds all of us. They challenge us and look forward to a positive outcome from our actions. The writer of Hebrews encourages us to learn from the faith of others by considering ‘the outcome of their way of life’ (Heb. 13:7).

“I have another race to finish beyond getting a driver’s license. As I take the final turn toward graduation from divinity school and return to my home in Côte ďIvoire, I want to remain focused until the end, being mindful of people whom I can help with my ministry.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – In the race of my Christian life, I want to finish well.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for speaking to us through life’s lessons. Help us to be faithful and obedient to you every day. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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