Daily Devotion, August 19, 2020 - The New and Living Way

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion, August 19, 2020
Reading:
Matthew 8:18-27
Weekly Theme: Who Do You Say I Am?
The New and Living Way

Old habits die hard. Have you ever heard that expression? It does seem to have some truth to it. What are habits? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, habits are “settled or regular tendencies, especially ones that are difficult to give up; usual ways of behaving”. Can you imagine the early Christians switching from their previous faiths after Jesus died and rose again, to a new and different way of living? Both Jews and Gentiles had some changing to do. Even today when people switch from one religion to another, or even one denomination to another, there is a period of transition.

Today’s reading is about transitioning to a “new and living way”… Jesus. Jesus is the one and only way to a confident and assured way of life in which sins and lawless acts are forgiven, where God remembers these acts no more, and where making sacrifice for sins is no longer necessary. In other words, confident faith in God comes from the new and living way, the One and only way, Jesus. Jesus removed the curtain, both literally and figuratively, that separated us from God. Prior to God sending us Jesus, people of God went through the priest for forgiveness. But as Jesus died for our sins, that curtain was torn into, making way for us to “draw near to God”. As we draw near to God, we simply need to do so with a sincere heart, a clear conscience and full assurance because we have been washed by and with pure Living Water.

With a clear conscience and full assurance, we can move forward in hope, to motivate, love and encourage one another in a new way of living that includes worship, fellowship, discipleship, and serving others, as often as possible. Right now we are challenged in this new way of living because we have a habit of thinking that it needs to take place in a certain location, with a large number of people, and that this cannot be done without social distancing. But when there is a will, there is the one and only Way. Jesus will make the Way for us to continue moving forward in our faith as we reassess how we can live into a “New Way”, still Jesus, made possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus is constantly creating within us new ways.  With the power of the Holy Spirit, we can transition to new ways as we seek and move forward in hope, to motivate and encourage, and to continue to proclaim the gospel to a world who is in desperate need of the New and Living Way, Jesus Christ. Let’s count on Jesus to inspire us to make it happen!

Dear God, we thank you for the New and Living Way, Jesus Christ. Help us to move forward in hope and reimagine how we worship, fellowship, disciple one another, and serve and witness to a world in need of a Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 

 
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