Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thursday, March 18th

“It’s one thing to become a Christian. To be a Christian is more challenging. To be a Christian means to be continually involved in the transformation process.” (Stephen Smith, The Lazarus Life)

Faith is a daily affair. The manna God gave to the children of Israel did not last the night. Joshua challenged his people to “choose this day whom you will serve.” We ask for our daily bread in the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus instructed his disciples not to worry about tomorrow. Paul forgot what was behind and pressed on.

In the aptly titled A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, William Law writes, “Do not therefore please yourself with thinking how piously you would act and submit to God in a famine or plaque or persecution, but be intent upon the perfection of the present day; and be assured that the best way of showing a true zeal is to make little things the occasions of great piety.”

The perfection of the present day. We are daily transformed by this effort. We seek this by God’s grace. We have this day because of His great love for us. Because of His great love for us, we have all the days to come.

Lord, thank you for the blessing of this day. Amen.

Jennifer Shaw

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