January 10, 2014


John 10:7-17

You have to own something to make it work for you. When you own it, it becomes part of who you are. When I was in the eighth grade, I started to sing in the youth choir at church. The director, Ben, was the fiancé of our young church organist, Kathy. I was tapped to sing a solo. I became unsure of entrances and notes I had previously nailed. At the final rehearsal before the big solo, Ben became so frustrated he exclaimed: “Don’t think about the note, just own it!” Despite all the nerves and inexperience my solo was well received.

Jesus tells us in today’s scripture that he owns everything pertaining to life. He bought us with His blood and so He owns what can be abundantly ours as well—life and all the wonderful fullness it can bring to our existence. He owns the essence of what it means to be alive! That is why we praise Him, serve, and obey Him. Let us own this abundance of His grace. And as we own it we can reflect more clearly the faith we share and bring that life to the people we encounter.

Prayer: Abundant God, clear our eyes to see your life in us and share that life with others. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.

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