January 29, Sunday

joanna2The AMI QT Devotionals for January 28-29 are provided by Joanna Tzen.  Joanna graduated from U. Penn and currently works in Philadelphia.  She married Paul in 2014, and they attend Grace Covenant Church.

P. Ryun’s series will continue on Monday.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Matthew 7:21

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

29Yesterday, we talked about Sabbath, but maybe there is the question of whether this is even necessary, practical, or applicable in today’s world. I know that in my own life, there were instances where I misinterpreted the need for Sabbath as a weakness. Clearly, I was equating my worth to my productivity. So if I saw a need or an opportunity was presented, I quickly accepted. Though some good still came out of those decisions, it often came at the greater expense of my relationship with God or others, or other priorities to which I was committed.

Perhaps you can relate and ask yourself when new opportunities are presented in the new year, Am I adding one more thing because I have equated my worth to my work? Or, How might this impact my relationships or other priorities God has made clear in this season? 

Let’s humbly approach the Lord and ask that He remind us of how our worth is rooted in who we are and not what we do. We are not defined by the number of activities on our calendars or tasks accomplished for school, church or work. Let’s not do many things for Jesus to earn salvation that has already been secured for us, but instead draw near to be with Jesus first.

Prayer: Lord, if I have placed my worth in my doing, may You remind me that it is not my works that will save me, but I am saved by grace, through faith (Eph 2:8-9). You are not a means to an end, but the end itself. In the security of the Lord’s truth of who I am as a child of God, I ask for wisdom and discernment as to how You are calling me to build up Your kingdom in the season in which You have uniquely placed me. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Judges 5-6

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