February 16, Thursday

The AMI QT devotionals for February 13-19 are provided by Christine Li. Christine graduated from University of Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in New York City. She attends Remnant Church in Manhattan.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY

An Antidote for the Daily Grind

1 Corinthians 3:16

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

16How much money are you willing to spend on an article of clothing? I know people who will spend only $10, to others who are willing to spend hundreds at a time. How about $4.8 million? That’s how much one of Marilyn Monroe’s dresses auctioned off for last fall. When asked whether the price was justified, the representative of the buying company answered that they did believe the dress to be so valuable – it was the “most iconic piece of pop culture.” At the end of the day, it is only a dress, but its brief encounter with splendor and fame made it so much more valuable and special.

There is an idea here from Paul: God, the most wonderful and beautiful entity the world has ever known, has chosen to make His dwelling place among us. He does not just choose to be among the people with exciting jobs, celebrity friends, and nice vacations. Instead, God, who dwells in Heaven, willingly sends His Spirit to all believers – yes, us! Us with our common, normal, sometimes-boring habits.

To be honest, the more days I work, the more often I have found myself falling into the trap of the “daily grind” mentality, ending my evenings wondering, Lord, was that really Your best plan for me today? There are days that seem to lack something meaningful. Perhaps, it would do me (and all of us) well to reflect seriously on the truth that God’s Spirit is being carried by me all the day long. Indeed, God spends the entire day with me, from reading Excel spreadsheets, to eating lunch at the desk, to riding the bus home.

Do you also have trouble getting through the long stretch? Let’s not settle for passing excitement that comes from the next episode of a show, the upcoming weekend, or fun plans that would liven up our days. We have the privilege of hosting the Lord of hosts—all the day long! Every moment and action could be filled with the potential of something exciting simply because He is now on the scene. So let’s ask to become more sensitive to His presence and that we will find His glory all around us. He is always listening and always with us, so even today we may discover something new in our routines.

Prayer: Father, remind me once again that this life with You is an excellent and exciting one. Don’t let me limit what I can experience of You in my daily living. Won’t you give me freshness and newness in my daily life so I can honor You fully and be aware of what You are doing? Give me eyes to truly see how You are working all around me. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Song of Songs 4


LUNCH BREAK STUDY

Read Romans 8:6-11: The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Questions to Consider

  1. Paul writes about the difference between those of the flesh and those of the Spirit. What are the marks of believers?
  2. What are the “powers” that we gain through the Spirit of God?
  3. This passage puts very little emphasis on what we are able to do; everything is governed and done by the Spirit. What does that say about our role in our spiritual life?

Notes

  1. The Sunday School answer would be that a believer has the Spirit of Christ. Paul says that those of the Spirit live in harmony with God, but those of the flesh are at odds with God, unable to please Him.
  2. The benefits we receive in being a believer are the ability to be fully reconciled to God and to live eternally with Him. Paul says that the Spirit that raised the dead to life dwells within us – that is an immense amount of power residing within us that we have access to!
  3. Everything is stated as a result of being ”governed by the Spirit” or because the Spirit is ”in you.” It emphasizes that we bring nothing to the table of our salvation and our sanctification; all of this is done and accomplished by the work of God in our lives. Because He is able and He makes His dwelling among us, this should fill us with confidence that He will carry out His transformative work in our lives!

EVENING REFLECTION

How was your day? Did it help to become a little more aware of God’s presence around you? Or, maybe, if you were unaware, take some time to think about where He was throughout the day. Let’s ask Him to give us more sensitivity tomorrow and every other day to see what He is doing all around us.

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