Then the One seated on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give water as a gift to the thirsty from the spring of life.(Revelation 21:5-6)
Today’s Challenge: Live today as a beginning. Live today as an end. Appreciate God’s gift. He nourishes you with His truth. Know Him well.
I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth.(3 John 4)
What is your greatest joy?
What are you willing to sacrifice to experience it? What are you willing to do for it?
What conditions or timeline do you place on the results you expect to accompany your joy?
Today’s Challenge: Give God control in the big and little things today. Choose Him instead of trying to figure out, manage, even manipulate the details. He is in charge. You are not. Follow Him well. Honor Him. Seek joy, not control.
This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers.(1 John 3:16)
How have you learned about love? What examples of love do you most often follow to make your own decisions about love?
Today’s Challenge: Laying down you life doesn’t always require a physical death. Often, the death is a sacrifice of status, time, pride, control, and so on. Lay down your life for someone today. Be generous and humble.
Make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)
Which of these do you struggle with the most? How can keeping the context of the other qualities equip you to grow in your area of struggle?
Today’s Challenge: “Make every effort to supplement your faith” today. That means intentional decisions each step of the way. Choose goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.
Be hospitable to one another without complaining. (1 Peter 4:9)
Sometimes Scripture is so clear it doesn’t take much explanation or analysis. It makes “excusing” anything to the contrary a bit ridiculous. But give it a try: When have you refused to extend hospitality or done so with complaints?
Today’s Challenge: Generously extend hospitality today–without complaint–to someone who you feel doesn’t deserve it.