April 3, Monday

The AMI QT Devotionals from April 3-9 are provided by Pastor Peter Yoon of Kairos Christian Church in San Diego.  Peter is a graduate of U.C. Riverside and Talbot School of Theology (M.Div.).  He and his wife Jessica have three very active children: Nathan, Abigail, and Jason. 

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY

“Preaching the Gospel…to Yourself”

1 Cor. 15:1-2

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

Are you a snoozer, or are you the type of person who gets up at the first beep of your alarm? And once you’re finally out of bed, what is your morning routine? Yes, we groom ourselves, brush our teeth, change our clothes, etc., but besides those routines, what are the thoughts that fill your mind each morning? Do you wake up with a sense of gratitude for another new day? Or do you find yourself hoping for the day to pass before it has even begun?

This morning, I woke up knowing that I had tons of things to take care of: get the kids ready for school, prepare for meetings, reply to emails, browse through the news and current events, set appointments to meet with people, just to name a few. When it comes to my thought-life, that seems to me my morning routine. Each morning, it’s as though we have a “to-do-list” app in our minds that just opens up, reminding us of everything that needs to get done for that day. Some days, it can be overwhelming for many of us.

But what if each day began with the reminder that you are loved by God, fully forgiven through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Spirit of God so that you live out the purposes of God each new day? What if your day began with the reminder that you are part of a family of God that cares for you? What if every morning you were reminded that God invites you to His Kingdom works and that your life is full of meaning? What if there was a reminder that no matter what you might face today, you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus?

Paul reminds the Corinthian church of the “good news” that he had preached time and time again. It’s the gospel that saved them, and because it was so easy to forget it, he reminds them again.

A popular pastor once admitted that he preaches the gospel to himself everyday. Not a day passes where he does not “remind” himself of the good news of Jesus Christ. Take a few moments now to preach this good news to yourself.

Paul Tripp said, “No one is more influential in your life than you are. Because no one talks to you more than you do.” You’re probably going to say a lot of things to yourself today. Let’s make one of those things you say to yourself today be a reminder of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Lord, Your gospel has saved me from death into life. Thank You for Your sacrifice and Your love for me. Continue to remind me that I do not live my life alone nor aimlessly. Thank You for a new life, a new purpose, a new family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 25


LUNCH BREAK STUDY

Read Matt 25:1-13 (NIV): At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’  7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Questions to Consider

  1. What is the significance of the bridegroom returning at midnight in this parable?
  2. In your own words, what does it mean to “keep watch” for Christ?
  3. As each new day comes and goes, do you find yourself becoming more like the wise virgin who is ready or more like to the foolish virgin?

Notes

  1. No one knows the moment when the Lord is coming. There is a need of being prepared at all times for the coming of the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ.
  2. In light of the authority of Jesus and the truth of His Word, we need to ask ourselves, “Am I ready for His return?” Even if Jesus doesn’t return today, we may take our last breath in the coming hours. We must, therefore, be prepared to meet God.

EVENING REFLECTION

What can you do tomorrow morning as you awake to remind yourself of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Make a concrete plan, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you as you wake up tomorrow morning to a new day.

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