February 22, 2014

1john3-16

Genesis 35:1-20; 1 John 3:11-18; John 11:1-16

Arise and go. That is what God told Jacob to do, and he seemed never to cease journeying, and building altars, and erecting pillars to the Lord’s great deeds. Jacob wanted people to know and remember the important things in his life. So, he constructed monuments.

Although we still build monuments today, we may be called to a different sort of memorializing. The message that we have heard from the beginning is that “we should love one another.” (1John 3:11) How do you build a monument that tells others that love is important? Perhaps, the best tribute to love is through loving.

Yet, how do we know real, life-sacrificing love outside of the love of Jesus? “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” (1John 3:16) Now, there is a memorial. If our very lives could be lived in such a way that they were tributes to the one who first loved us, then Christ might just use our lives to raise the dead.

Prayer: Lord, help us walk in the light of your love. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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