My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
The tall trees that stand
Every flower that blooms
All the leaves and colors of this world
From the changing sky
To the dawning sun and rising moon
Each star and planet suspended in space
The birds flying through the air
Fish swimming in the seas
The creatures that walk upon the Earth
The Kingdom of glory
Lord of lords, Messiah
The wounded lamb
Victorious on His throne
Preachers and prostitutes
Sinners and saints
Martyrs and murderers
Beggars and kings
The hated, broken, rich, forgotten, famous
To the saved and to the lost, He has given us
20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Everything has been created through God. As the poem describes each of His features creating different parts of the universe, God still uses the same pattern to accomplish His purposes on Earth. He uses us. We are His eyes, His mind, His heart, His hands, and even Himself. Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, came down and gave Himself for us as a sacrifice for all the sin mankind has and will commit. Will you allow Him to use you today? What great miracles will He do through your hands, what adventures will you experience through those eyes, what inventions or visions will He put inside your mind, and how many millions can He touch with your heart. Give Him your life, little by little. Our journey with Christ isn’t over when we accept the forgiveness of our sins; it’s a daily relationship that we continue living until we reach Heaven.
We were made in His own image, Himself. Nothing else in the universe looks like God (except us), yet everything comes from Him. We didn’t come from monkeys, we came from God. His creation can be seen everywhere we go, from nature to animals to art to music etc. It’s through that creation that we discover God (see Romans 1:20). Today, listen to the different ways that the Holy Spirit speaks to you. What opportunities do you see around you? Is there someone that you can help? What about that person you’ve never spoken to about Jesus? Look for excuses to love and be a blessing, in big and small ways. God does it for us all the time.
He creates every living thing with a purpose. Nothing living on this Earth is here for no reason. God made us to live out a life of faith that brings His kingdom to Earth and is a blessing to others. Whether God has placed an idea in your mind, a gift in your hands, sharp eyes for learning and applying knowledge, or a heart for those around you, whatever it is, you have value. Maybe you’ve been told that you are worthless or maybe you were always praised throughout your life. Regardless, when you hear about how much God, your Father, loves you, nothing else will matter. Read today’s scriptures, and reflect on all that God has done for you, and how much He has paid for you. Remember, you mean everything to Him. God gave His most valuable treasure, His Son Jesus Christ, so you wouldn’t have a religion, but become part of His family.
Verses for encouragement: Deuteronomy 31:6, Mathew 11:28-30, Psalms 36:7, 1 John 3:1
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