DAY 4: My King
Take a few minutes to think about the past three weeks of your life. How have you spent your time? (If you look at the screen time hours on your phone, what would it say?) Similarly, how have you spent your money?
Generally speaking, how we spend our time and our money reveals something about us. It reveals whether we like being with other people, or if we prefer to be by ourselves. It reveals if we spend time numbing or escaping from the hassles of life, or if we spend time engaging and enjoying the wonders of life. It reveals if we spend our money on mindless entertainment, or if we spend our money trying to make our family, community, and church stronger.
Similarly, how we think about Jesus and spend time with Him reveals things about us. It reveals whether we truly see Him as a significant part of our lives, or if He’s somebody we occasionally talk about or pray to. It reveals whether He is the ultimate joy in our lives, or if we seek ultimate joy elsewhere. In the end, it reveals if we really, truly desire Him as our King. It reveals whether or not He and He alone is the mark of righteousness and rule in our lives.
READING & JOURNALING:
MATTHEW 6:19-24, MATTHEW 12:34
Think about how you have spent your time and money over the past three weeks. In your own words, what does this reveal about you?
What, if anything, is getting in the way of Jesus being the ultimate ruler (king) in your life?
Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I have not spent all of my time or all of my money in ways that may be honorable to You. I recognize that it’s impossible for me to be perfect this side of heaven, but my desire is for You to be at the center of all things in my life. May You continue to work in and through me in remarkable ways. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Ruth 1 & 2
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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Next Message Series: Beginning January 5