“This is My Servant; I strengthen Him, this is My Chosen One; I delight in Him. I have put My Spirit on Him; He will bring justice to the nations. He will not cry out or shout or make His voice heard in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick; He will faithfully bring justice. He will not grow weak or be discouraged until He has established justice on earth. The islands will wait for His instruction.”
“I, Yahweh, have called You for a righteous purpose, and I will hold You by Your hand. I will keep You and appoint You to be a covenant for the people and a light to the nations, in order to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those sitting in darkness from the prison house.
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 HCSB
Father thank You for birthing and sending Your son Jesus to the world. Thank You for allowing us to see and learn from both His human and spiritual side. Thank You for showing us His sacrifices for those of us too weak to commit ourselves in the same way. Thank You for giving us hope that we can one day earn our place in Your favor. Thank You for forgiving us for our faults, flaws, and absolute blunders.
As You mold me I pray for better. I pray to use my ability to speak softly when I normally would yell. I pray to use my listening skills when I normally would simply hear and react. I pray for strength and courage to overcome my dark feelings. I pray that each day I do better to serve and reflect You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
If we cannot do as Jesus did, as described in the scriptures above, we cannot rightly call ourselves followers of Christ, and servants of God. We definitely have no place to quote the words of Jesus, for it only makes us hypocrites for speaking what we do not practice.
Jesus’s center, being, and all-ness was God and nothing else. There was no “I” that Jesus fixated on. We are too self-absorbed, too concerned with ego and how we are impacted by decisions made and circumstances beyond our control. Instead of remembering who we are as God’s reflections and focusing on the mirror itself, we are too consumed with ourselves.
It simply is not about us. It’s all about God.
Questions of the Day
1. What are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you reflect on today’s message?
2. What do you think about when you read the verses above from Isaiah?
3. Look at a mirror. What do you see first? What do you see next? Now turn your head away and count to 10 and then look back at the mirror. What is the first thing that you notice?
4. What do you feel when looking at yourself in the mirror?
5. When you think of Jesus and His journey, what comes to mind first? What feelings do you begin to have?
6. How can you do one less thing today that is about you, and instead focus on doing or expressing something for (or about) God?
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