DAILY BIBLE READING:

Joshua 7:16-9:2
Luke 16:1-18
Psalm 82:1-8
Proverbs 13:2-3

BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY:

Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

In Americanized Christianity, we tend to think of our relationship with God as a segment of our life in which there are many other segments. There is church time, work time, family time, me time, etc.

While we wouldn’t audibly agree with the fact that we compartmentalize our relationship with Jesus each day, our schedules tell us differently.

When we look at how too many of us spend too little time in God’s Word and prayer each day and how rarely we speak of our Lord to others or offer up sporadic prayers throughout the day, but how much time we spend doing other things of no eternal value, we are reminded that our relationship with our God hasn’t adequately permeated the moments of our days.

When we look at our verse for the day, we are reminded that God wants all of us, not just a part of us.

The language of our verse of the day tells us that Jesus says it is impossible to serve God as we should and yet also serve other things, too. There is no room for a segmented, compartmentalized life. We are either serving God as our master or we aren’t.

Does that mean we must quit our jobs, leave our families, and give up our hobbies so that we can join a monastery to serve Jesus every moment of our day? Of course not!

Jesus wants us to experience the joy of serving Him while we go about the various activities of our day.

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”

Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

So, as you live out the moments of your day, live with a conscience awareness of Jesus’ presence with you in each of those moments. Let prayers flow from your lips during the moments of your days, especially when you need something from Him (e.g. wisdom for a decision, courage, peace, etc.). Consider writing a “verse for the day” down on an index card each morning so that you can meditate on it during the day.

Whatever it takes, strive to serve the Lord wholeheartedly while you live the moments of your day. Because, each follower of Jesus longs to one day hear Him say: “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).