Romans 12:9-15 (CEB)

9 Love should be shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is good. 10 Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. 11 Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic—be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! 12 Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home. 14 Bless people who harass you—bless and don’t curse them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and cry with those who are crying.

Hebrews 2:1(CEB)

1 This is why it’s necessary for us to pay more attention to what we have heard, or else we may drift away from it.

DEVOTION – John UpChurch (Tennessee)

The hunt for our first house stretched our for months.  My wife and I scoured realty magazines and websites.  We surfed by, drove by, and walked through dozens of potential homes.

The red house we finally purchased had a shimmering newness t it.  The rooms echoed with space, the arched doorways dressed up our furniture, and the wood floors reflected the sunlight.  But when we brought our first daughter home, those rooms that had seemed so big suddenly shrank.  We had become so familiar with our home that the excitement of having found it slowly lost out to thoughts about why it didn’t work for us anymore.  We lost our sense of wonder about the red house.

As with our house, the events in the Bible – even the miracles – lose the power to impact us if we get too cozy with them.  We’ve read about them and heard sermons about them.  But when was the last time we thought about them as actual events?  After all, it’s not just the story of Jesus’ resurrection that makes the difference; it’s the reality of that empty tomb.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Our life with Christ is new every morning.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, never let us take for granted your love and your sacrifice for us.  Amen.