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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Aug
15

Who Me?

Tim Savage

Scripture
"I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one-as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. (John 17:20-21)
Observation
Have you ever been talking in a group of people, and then the conversation turns to talk about a party, but it's a party that you haven't been invited to?

Awkward...!

Have you ever felt like the Bible was written for the Children of Israel and wasn't necessarily addressed to you? I guess it's only natural, since so much of it refers specifically to them. "You are my children...," "...you are the chosen...," "God's people...," the references are innumerable and it's understandable that one might feel like we weren't invited to the party, but, here in the book of John, Jesus clearly prays to God, His Father, for all of us who, now, or will in the future, believe in Him.

The entire Old Testament is all about the Israelites. You're either an Israelite or you're an other (from the TV show "Lost"!). Well most of us aren't Israelites, so in some way and at some time we've all probably thought, "Where do I fit in to all of this?" "Are these lessons, stories and instructions really meant for meant for me?"
Application
Most of us know in our hearts that the Bible has deep and personal meaning for each of us, but it's always nice to hear it straight from Jesus! And He says that He is praying for each of us yesterday, today and tomorrow for all of us who choose to believe in Him.

He's not just an answer for a chosen few. He is an intimate and personal savior that loves us and knows us better than we know ourselves. And He is never far from us, He is as close to us now, as He was when He walked this earth with His disciples. He is here and He is now, and we are His children, whom He loves.
Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for loving us so much and knowing 2000 years ago that you would be our savior and we would be your children. May I always remember that You are close to me no matter what my situation or circumstance. Thank You for the undeserved mercy, grace and blessings You give to my family and me.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Devotions for August 15

Jeremiah 18,19,20
Psalms 93
John 17

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