Thursday 15th January – Thursday of Week 1 of the Year
Reflection: Hebrews 3:7-14
INVESTING YOUR DAY
Considering the ever increasing side attractions and distractions that compete for our time, we realise that the abuse of time is one of the principal defects in the lives of many young people. We often misplace our priorities because we have failed to plan our day and make it align with God’s purpose for our life. Let us keep in mind that a time wasted can never be regained.
Every day of our life is part of a journey, our journey through life and to eternity. God has structured each day with a specific time of rising (day) and of resting (night). Reflecting on this pattern should challenge us to think of how we spend our time each day and plan for a better time management. The Israelites heard God’s voice through Moses as they travelled through the desert but failed to comply with his will. Their stubbornness led the entire generation to perish in the wilderness, sparing only Joshua and Caleb. Do you seek to know God’s will for your life? Do you ask for His direction when making plans or starting up an idea? What is your plan daily to fulfil your Christian duties? Each new day God gives you and I an opportunity to invest our time in the pursuit of holiness and of His purpose for our lives.
“We are partners in Christ if we hold firmly to the end the confidence we had at the beginning” (Hebrews 3:14). Beloved, let us then begin each day with a desire to offer ourselves to God who is faithful to teach us his ways. Let us hide a treasure of His word in our heart as we begin each day and pray for his leading in order to focus our hearts on the most important things even in the midst of our busy schedules. Let each day find us “encouraging one another so that none of us is hardened by the lure of sin” (Hebrews 3:13).
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please help me to receive each new day with joy and live it out in a way that honours you. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 521 – What does it mean to say, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”?
When we pray for the universal accomplishment of God’s will, we pray that on earth and in our own heart it may become as it already is in heaven.
As long as we continue to set our hearts on our own plans, our will, and our ideas, earth cannot become heaven. One person wants this, the other that. We find our happiness, however, when together we want what God wills. Praying means making room bit by bit for God’s will on this earth.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way” Proverbs 3:6 GNB.
Readings for Today: Hebrews 3:7-14; Psalm 95:6-11; Mark 1:40-45