Thursday, August 16
The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to complete at least one of the five.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins 2 in which you previously lived according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient. 3 We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, 5 made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! 6 He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.
Do you know when someone asks “Do you want the good new or the bad news first?” Paul begins with some very bad news. You were spiritual dead! You were blatantly disobedient while following after the desires that Satan had placed in front of you. In was in this state that Christ died for you, while you were still sinning! You were made alive “IN CHRIST.” You did nothing. He did everything. It was a gift. You didn’t earn it or deserve it. We received grace in kindness. The gospel is an amazing thing.
Lord, thank you for Jesus. Thank you that while I was still saying no, you said yes. You saved me while I was running from you. Thank you for grace. Thank you for kindness. Thank you for the life that I now live in Christ Jesus. May I do the good works that you have created me to do. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Scripture calls us to do two things: love God, love people. Ephesians 2 is a perfect example of the love that God has shown us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Will you allow God’s example of love to impact the way you love people today? Jesus did not have a reason to love us, he just did. Will you approach people today the way Christ approached us?
Pick Four More Activities
- Listen and Worship.
- Pray a Psalm.
- Read a Book.
- Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
- Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
- Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
- Memorize a Verse.
- List Five Things You're Thankful For.
- Encourage Somebody.