August 17

1 Peter 1:6-9

“Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy…” vs. 8

We’re all pretty much in the same boat when it comes to Jesus. None of us ever saw him in the flesh and we certainly can’t see him in bodily form now. He lived a long time ago and we’re totally dependent on others for reports of his life and ministry. Yet through the years millions of people have chosen to follow his teachings and walk in his footsteps. Many profess to have a deep love for him. So how is it that people devote themselves to him, and are even willing to give their lives for him? There’s probably no good answer to that question, at least not one that will satisfy everyone. But what seems to be true is that faith in Jesus Christ grounds and centers our lives in a remarkable way. By trusting him and even attaching our lives to him, we find stability and purpose, and even more than that, believers report experiencing indescribable and glorious joy. Of course we can’t see him, but we can have a relationship with him that is enriching and deeply fulfilling. It’s a connection that draws us into community with other believers, and it’s there that we find the physicality that is a part of faith. In that body we actually become his presence in the world, and others will see Jesus through us.

Thought for the Day: When did I decide to devote my life to Jesus?

 

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