Christian Growth, Devotionals

Hail to the Chief

Hail to the Chief cues the President, of the United States, of America. He enters the room and all eyes turn in his direction. Others in attendance, reporters-to-dignitaries award him honor and respect fitting the office of a nation’s leader. Even those who oppose his presidency and policies, respect the position he holds. When announced, the person given the privilege, reads aloud a well-prepared introduction.

The scene is the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter, James, and John had just witnessed a divine appearance of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus in all his Glory. Peter, as spokesman for the disciples offered to erect structures for Jesus the Messiah, Moses, representing the Law, and Elijah as one of the prophets. He had not finished making his offer, before he received an unexpected affirmation of Jesus deity.

“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him (Matthew 17:5 NIV)!” He not only introduced Jesus as his Son, but also showered him with adoration and words of sheer delight! He turned the direction of Peter, James, and John from temporary shelters, to Christ, the eternal refuge!

Christian Growth, Devotionals

Peek in the Pantry

Are you craving something sweet? A strong craving for sweets often knocks on my door,  and pushes its way in. I also crave protein; search through pantry shelves for pecans, pistachio nuts or peanut butter. Cravings can be persistent. I hunger; I peek in the pantry.

Open the door to our promises pantry… “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:23-24 NAS).”

When the Father unlocks the door, to my good deeds pantry, I want Him to see shelves filled with labors of love and compassion. I sense His sorrow, if He finds the shelves bare. I will fill up on His promises and share the excess with those who crave the Bread of Life.



Look Intently

I cannot forget the excitement of receiving my engagement ring. I am not sure which sparkled brightest, the diamond, or my eyes. It was not a costly ring, but I felt like a princess. My future husband and I had made our commitment official. Long before I wore the ring, a diamond cutter looked intently into the gem, searched for flaws, and examined its many facets.

Am I committed; do I diligently look intently into the treasure of God’s word? Do my eyes light up? “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he will be blessed in what he does (James 1:25 NIV).” My flaws are sins; as darkness, they make a backdrop for the brilliance of God’s flawless word! Through adoption, I’m a child of the King!