At the Threshold devotions: Tuesday March 25

Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.

Look: What evidence of your discipleship is apparent to others? (Not necessarily “I wear a cross necklace” but also actions, words, invitations, priorities.)

Read: John 15.12-17

 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.’

Discuss: What does it mean that you did not choose Jesus, but he chose you? How does that knowledge affect your relationship with God? With others? With yourself?

Reflect: Jesus calls us to love each other to the end, just as he loves us…and to let love bear fruit in our lives. Paul describes that fruit as being Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Generosity, and Self-Control. These are things that are apparent in our lives because of God’s grace—not because we create them. Our task is to open the door and allow grace to manifest, rather than covering it up with all our right answers and expectations. How do you allow God’s grace to live in you? What do you need to let go of in order to open the door?

Pray: to be a conduit of God’s love for the world, especially to those who are rarely loved by Christians.

Posted on March 25, 2014 and filed under devotions, Lent.