MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016
God is pleased to grow and change us through the help of people who have been re-created in Christ and empowered by the Spirit. – Edward Welsh (Counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation)
Key Bible Verse: “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10)
Dig Deeper: Luke 19:1-10
God always takes the initiative. Even when Adam and Eve were exiled from the garden, he followed them into their exile. Watch him pursue his people, as symbolized in the relationship between Hosea and Gomer – a marriage between a prophet and an adulteress wife (Hos. 1:2). When God’s people run from him as Gomer did from Hosea, God moves toward them and cares for them as Hosea did for Gomer.
Better yet, watch Jesus. He relentlessly pursued and invited the marginalized and outcasts to be with him.
Our picture of kings is that they are cordoned off from the public, like the Ming Dynasty emperors of China living in their Forbidden City. In contrast, our King does not simply leave the castle door ajar, so a brave subject can enter unannounced. He goes out to the people in everyday garb and personally invites them to stay with him.
Jesus is God in the flesh, who stepped down from his throne and entered into the affairs of daily life. In doing this, he removed all boundaries and barriers between him and us.
God comes to us – that is grace, and it starts cycles of grace through the body of Christ.
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