“I ran across a verse in Luke’s gospel this morning,” Stan began, “that, I think, could certainly qualify as a great life verse for me.”
“What do you mean by ‘life verse’?” I asked.
“A verse that can be the basis for building my Christian walk with God,” Stan replied. “A verse that defines my relationship with God.”
“So what verse were you looking at?” I asked.
“Verse 43 of Chapter Nine in Luke’s gospel,” Stan replied.
Continuing, he said, “While the verse is in the context of Jesus’ healing of a demon-possessed child, I think that what Luke says has a wide application for everything in my life. Luke records that everyone who saw what Jesus had done was amazed at God’s greatness.”
“Amazed at God’s greatness,” I responded. “A life verse, indeed!”
“Yes, my friend,” Stan replied. Can you just imagine how different lives and the world would be if everyone was amazed at the greatness of God?”
“However,” he continued, “rather than focusing on how the world would be different, I choose to focus on how I can and will be different when I choose to look at the greatness of God in every aspect of my being.”
“Not only is God great in His provision of life eternally with Him when my time here is done, He is great in everything He has for me to be and to do on this side of eternity while I wait for the train.”
Concluding, Stan said, “God’s greatness is not and cannot be diminished by me, or by anything I may think is greater than He. I simply need to choose to focus on God’s greatness, rather than on the greatness of self, or on anything the world has to offer!”
And they were all amazed at the greatness of God. Luke 9:43.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you are great. Thank you that you are great in everything on both sides of eternity. I confess that too often I focus not on your greatness, but on other things that I consider great apart from you. Please forgive me. And please help me in following your lead in focusing, truly focusing, on the vastness of your greatness in everything. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Things to think (and journal) about:
- What is your biggest take-away from this devotional?
2. What does what you read say about God and about us as His people?
3. What is God saying to you to do personally?
4. Who can you share this with to make a difference?
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