March 28, 2015

John 12_44

John 12:37-50

Praise is one of the keys to dog training. If you read about it, or watch a video about it, the instructor always gives praise to the dog with which he or she is working. This seems to engender good behavior in any dog.

In John 12, our writer tells us that many of the religious authorities were believing in Jesus, but would not let it be known. They valued the praise of their colleagues and the society into which they were born, more than being faithful to God. Even the church falls prey to that. We look to the world to measure our success or failure in ministry. If there are not masses of people in the pews and PowerPoint programs flashing on the screen, then we are not “growing” Christ’s church.

The truth is that God gives the growth. If we are not on the right track, God will not let ministry grow. Even then his kingdom might grow in a different way than what we imagined. We have to stop putting God in those “boxes” we create in our own minds and start having the mind of Christ. With constant prayer, he will honor what we do!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as I travel to Calvary this Lenten season, help me do your will in all things. In your holy name I pray. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley, Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Hubbard Lake, MI.

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