November 11, 2012

“Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20     

When was the last time you bought something that was really exciting? How long did that excitement last? I’m amazed at how quickly the exceptional becomes ordinary. We have a problem with de-valuing the familiar. That is why we go looking for our next excitement “fix”. We are addicted to “newness”. Shopping is often called “therapy”but “jonesing” is probably more accurate. The appetite for “new” is not limited to the material. Jonesing can be just as prevelent in our spiritual lives when we are pursuing that elusive “spiritual high”. We can be so preoccupied with new spiritual motivation that we de-value the most incredible & miraculous – our own salvation. The fact that those who are in Christ have their names written in the book of life should never cease to amaze. That should be the source of my rejoicing. That doesn’t mean I don’t rejoice in all the other increbible works of God but salvation is my default source of praise.  It is a source that never runs dry and we never have to go in search of replenishment. We should never let the our own salvation become ordinary. Every morning, we should be rejoicing – may the Lord restore the newness and the joy of our salvation this very morning and every morning.

PRAYER: Lord, may I never stop being amazed at my own salvation.  Thank you for your abounding steadfast love and abundant mercy. Lord restore in my the joy of my salvation.        Amen

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