Friday, August 17
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.
11 So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands. 12 At that time you were without Christ, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In his flesh, 15 he made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that he might create in himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace. 16 He did this so that he might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross by which he put the hostility to death. 17 He came and proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building, being put together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you are also being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.
Though the language is different, the message is the same as 2:1-10. Paul, talking to Gentiles, tells them of their state before the gospel: Christless, Homeless, Friendless, Hopeless, and Godless. Yet, the same “but God” moment arrives when Christ brought those who were far off to be near. Because of this, we experience peace. This peace is found between Jews and Gentiles, one of the most hostile racial feuds in the history of the world. We are now one in Christ. No longer friendless and hopeless, but hopeful, standing firm on the foundation of Jesus Christ.
Lord, thank you that you have changed my previous state. Thank you that I am no longer hopeless, but my hope is firm on Jesus Christ. Thank you for the peace I have through Jesus. May I live today in one accord with believers around me. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Paul reminds us that we are no longer strangers and outcasts, but we are members of the household of God, Christ being the cornerstone, the anchor. When you were far off, you were brought near. How can you show the same welcoming, loving acceptance to those around you today?
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.