Daily Devotion - October 6, 2020 - God Meets Us Where We Are

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – October 6, 2020
Jeremiah 31:23-34
Weekly Theme: A Friend of Souls
Today: God Meets Us Where We Are

Today there is a common expression and message for the church… the challenge to meet people where they are. Is this a way of compromising God’s Word or is it the way God sees into our souls and understands the difficulty we have in trying to live a godly life?

Jeremiah 31 clearly tells us that there is an old covenant based on the law and a new covenant in which God sees those who are growing wearing and faint and refreshes them with a new covenant. God promises to empower God’s people with knowledge. This knowledge is made available by putting the law in their minds and on their hearts. The Holy Spirit will prompt them to be obedient and to be able to differentiate between that which is good and that which is evil. God will also forgive their wickedness and not remember their sins. God does not want God’s people to fail so God sets them up to succeed. Yet God does not compromise. Just as the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament were a gift from God to teach us what it looks like to love God and love neighbor, the New Covenant is intended to do the same except we are to live as Christ’s body under a new law, united by one Holy Spirit, guided by the law of God to help us identify our sin, but not intended to be the source of our salvation. God sees and acknowledges the failure of God’s people to keep the covenant and offers in Christ a new and better covenant meeting people where they are, forgiving them of their wickedness and no longer remembering their sins. Shouldn’t we, as the Church, do the same? Shouldn’t we as God’s people also forgive others for their sins and their past and no longer remember their sins?

Recently, I asked a young adult why it is that regular church attendance continues to decline among young people who no longer desire to be a part of a church. The answer I received was that churches are hypocritical and look down their noses at those who are not obedient to God as if they do not have sin in their own lives. This passage and all of the gospels teach us that we are to meet people where they are, just as God has done. That said, God did not throw the Old Laws out the window. The law still exists to lead and guide each one of us as we strive to live an exemplary life so that others will come to know Christ. God sent us Jesus Christ to be the propitiation for our sins, not to diminish the grace of God but to highlight it. God did this because God desires to be a friend of our souls.

Dear God, thank you for being our friend who wants to forgive us to the point of sending your Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for the propitiation for our sins. Help us as the church to do the same. To meet people where they are and to In Jesus’ name forgive them for their sins and not stand in judgment of anyone as they try to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. It is in his name we pray. Amen.

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