Because this week is a bit busy with work and moving apartments I decided I would do something simple. I thought I would post a couple of my journal entries that I have done recently. The purpose of this is twofold. First, to encourage all of you to perhaps make journaling a part of your devotion time daily. It doesn’t take long and can be quite simple but definitely adds a layer of depth to what you have just read. It allows you to meditate on a particular verse that stuck out to you and really allow it to sink in which often leads to more practical application of it.
Secondly, just to be encouraged by what the Bible has to say. I think we get caught up in learning about the Bible from secondary sources we often forget that we should be learning first and foremost from the primary source of the Bible itself. These two verses and the thoughts afterwards were just my initial reactions to the verses read. I did not cite secondary sources I look other information up, but rather just allowed God through His Word to speak to me. I hope that you can do the same. So I hope you enjoy this slightly shorter post this week and can still take something away from it.
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8)
To count everything as loss is to truly understand life. We are so often entangled with so many cares and concerns of our temporal life that we neglect that, when compared with knowing Christ, they are mere rubbish. Yes they can even be good things, but no good thing can count for anything when in comparison to Christ. That I may attain to this passion after Jesus. So as to be so enamored with Him that I can even call my greatest joys and accomplishments “rubbish” in light of His greatness. Lord, set my heart aflame with this kind of passion. May I desire You for You are to be desired above all else.
“They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.” (Ezekiel 44:23)
The role of the Levitical Priests were to distinguish between the “holy” and the “common.” It is important that I also understand this difference and how to distinguish between the two. Too often I wrongly try to make the holy common or equally bad the common holy. The chasm between these two is very great and I greatly err when I allow them to grow too close in my life. May I, like the priests, be able to show the people around me what is holy and what is common. May I make the clear distinction in my life between the “holy” and the “common” and may others around me be able to see the difference and praise my Father who is in Heaven.