Scripture reading today is 1 Peter 2:1-3, 21-25. It is talking about how we should cease from all deceit, insincerity, evil speaking. We should crave to know God’s ways because we have tasted the goodness of God. Jesus has shown us how to live and is our example to follow. He died for us to die to sin and live upright. We used to be going astray and now we are back with the Shepherd.
Ann Voskamp says: Today I pray that the shape of my day will look like the cross in every way.
I was thinking about what Ann said the shape of my day being the shape of the cross and I pictured something. The vertical beam of the cross represents our relationship with God and the horizontal beam is our relationship with people. So to live a cross life is to have fellowship with God, worship and praise Him, then bring that light and love to others.
Philippians 2: 6-8, 6 who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; 7 but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man]. 8 After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Jesus didn’t think highly of Himself even though He had every right to. He was humble and serving. He put Himself to the lowest point of dying a criminal’s death on a cross. He obeyed God no matter where it took Him.
I should never think of myself as better than anyone or that I have more spiritual knowledge than someone else. I should focus only on my relationship with God and with others. Love God, obey God, love others, serve others.
Help me to remember this “code” to live by. Jesus said to love God with all my heart and mind and to love others, this sums up all the commandments. Help me to do this and to obey You always.