Daily Devotion for April 27, 2017

'Two Reasons Why I'm Thankful'

Philemon 1:16b NLT
...for he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.

Ephesians 2:19-21
So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers...you are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.

Romans 12:4-5
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

1 Corinthians 12:24-26
So God has put the body together...This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

1 Corinthians 12:27
All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.

Today I'm feeling thankful—thankful for two very specific truths. First of all, I'm thankful because the Lord “loved me and gave Himself for me”...for ME! How wonderful it is to have a Savior who willingly went to the cross with (unworthy!) ME on His mind! His personal love for me was proved when He “gave Himself for me” at Calvary. His love for me (and you—through faith in Him!) is so big, so pure, so much better than anything, that when I think on His love for me, it makes me respond, “Thank You, Lord! I LOVE You, too, Lord! I SEEK You, my Beloved King! What can I do today to show my love for You?”

As for the other truth for which I'm thankful, it's no less mind boggling: it's the fact that my Lord made me a member “of God's family.” Folks, our family members are no longer limited to those related by birth—our family includes thousands of beloved brothers and sisters in Christ to which we are now related through His blood. Through faith in Him, we now have a heavenly Father, thousands of beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, and even more remarkable—we are part of a LOCAL body of brothers and sisters! This local body that we are part of, “God has put....together!” “We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other!” Moreover, “all the members care for each other” physically and spiritually! As we spend time together (in worship, in service, in Bible Study, in fellowship, in prayer, in spreading the Gospel, in taking care of each other), we are STRENGTHENED in HIM! This makes me want to hang out with my local brothers and sisters in Christ even more...

Take time today to reflect on both these blessings, beloved: your Savior died for you (personally!), and He's given You THIS church body so “carefully joined together in Him!” And THANK YOU for being part of the Lord's blessing for me: you are my precious brothers and sisters in Christ to whom I joyfully “belong”...

AMEN!!!

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