March 14, 2014

1corinthians3-16

1 Corinthians 3:16-23

I have a friend named Beth. When you are around her you feel right at home. She is one of those people that “doesn’t know a stranger.” When I was learning Hebrew, I found out that the word bet(h) means “house,” like in Bethlehem, meaning “house of bread.” We recognize Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus, the bread of life. He was a stranger to this world, but made his home with us. He came so we could have life and feel right at home with all that is holy. He made a “house” in our hearts so that we could enter the holy and inherit the heavenly. Since God through the Holy Spirit has consecrated the baptized, we become part of the “temple” of God where Christ claims us and graces us with the riches of the kingdom. This is an inheritance that we do not deserve yet should joyously receive, because, as Jesus said, “…where I am you may be also.” (John 14:3) So we ought to be right at home with all that is of God: righteousness, holiness, and graciousness. This good news is the true wisdom of God!

Prayer: Father God, thank you for the riches of your Spirit that dwells in me. Amen.

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

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