January 4, Saturday

Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought (new) is written by Napa, a local staff serving at an AMI church in E. Asia. 

 

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Who am I?”

Deuteronomy. 4:32-35

Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? 33 Has any other people heard the voice of God[a] speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? 34 Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? 35 You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other.

When I was in high school, the NBA held a summer camp in the biggest city of our country. They invited NBA stars to host this camp to teach high school students how to play basketball. One of my classmates was selected to attend the summer camp. Since the camp was only for a couple of days, he skipped school because this was his chance to meet Kobe Bryant! Since then, he became a star at school. Many people would ask him all kinds of questions. For example, “What did Kobe teach you? What kind of person is Kobe? Did you have dinner together? What else did you do together?” All this to say—Playing basketball with Kobe Bryant made my classmate extremely special.

In today’s passage, Moses reminded the Israelites about their identity. Moses said that, out of all the nations in the world, Israel was the most special group because God was with them. Moses asked them to think about what other nation had ever heard God speaking to them in the fire. Who else has experienced such a great event? No one else! Only the Israelites are special because only they have experienced God.

There are times we may feel that being a Christian has its downsides. We may feel that being a Christian has its restrictions. However, this passage is reminding us that as Christians, we have experienced God. We should be proud of our identity!

Today, let’s spend some time thanking God for our identity in Him. Also, let’s spend some time meditating on this question, “Are you proud of who you are in Christ?” If not, ask the Holy Spirit to secure your identity in Him.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, I thank You for reminding me of my special identity. Let me know that my relationship with You is special. I am so honored to know You, to walk with You, and to be in You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen!

Bible Reading for Today: John 4-5 (Luke 18)

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