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Wow, the past 3 months seem to have flown by... It's now April 1 and we are officially 25%, or one quarter, of the way through the New Testament! Congratulations! Give yourself a pat on the back! High-five God! Your marathon pace is going great!
Today in Luke chapter 9 we read about the Transfiguration! I read an interesting commentary that said Peter was suggesting that 3 shelters be made because Peter thought at that time that the faith was built on these 3 pillars: The Law (Moses), the Prophets (Elijah), and Jesus. Whereas, Peter later understood that through the New Covenant our faith is now built on Jesus, "a chosen and precious cornerstone" (1 Peter 2:6).
In Luke chapter 9 verse 46 today we read - "Then there was an argument among them as to which of them would be the greatest." Hmmm.... think this sort of thing still goes on today? :) Sure it does, because I've participated in this sort of thing. No, I guess I've never straight out argued with someone that I'm greater than them in the kingdom of God... but I've thought it. How sad. How very sad. Why sad? Because if we consciously thinking about ourselves as being better than someone else, then we are spending precious time focused on the wrong thing in life - ourselves. God calls us to love & serve others in so many more valuable ways. When we are focusing on ourselves, and thinking we are all-that-and-a-bag-o-chips we are not loving anybody... Praise God that Jesus teaches the disciples - and you and me today - that there is a better way. Verses 47 & 48 continue - "But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little child to his side. Then he said to them, "Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.""
Bible.org's commentary on Luke chapter 9 titled "The Transfiguration of Christ" is at this link and commentary titled "Secular Saints" is at this link.
Worship Video: Today's readings reminded me of Chris August's song "Starry Night:"
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Please join us in memorizing and meditating on three verses of Scripture today: "An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For whoever is least among you all is the greatest." Luke 9:46-48 TNIV
Prayer Point: Pray that you will never seek to be the "greatest." Pray instead to be the least among all, as Jesus was the least among all. Pray you will follow Jesus in his humility.
Comments from You & Questions of the Day: How have the first 3 months of readings been for you? Have you learned something new about God? About Jesus? Are you looking forward to the next 3 months of readings? Do you think this daily reading of the Bible is a good spiritual discipline? Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today's readings? Please post up by clicking on the "Comments" link below!
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