We provide a short weekly devotion every Thursday to encourage us in God's Word. The authors of these devotions are members of St. John's. Check back here every week for the next devotion! May they be a blessing to you.
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2)
A new year is upon us. For many of us, it is a time for reflection. Look at your calendar or how you typically spend your time, and ask yourself a question: what are my priorities in life?
How much of your daily time is devoted to setting your mind on things above? Most of us probably have to admit that a focus on Jesus is not our daily priority. But rather, the things of this world – whether they be family, job, finances or perhaps self-centered pleasures – consume most of our time and energies. While God has given each of us responsibilities in our daily lives that we need to take seriously and support, first and foremost, we should be spending time daily in His Word, devotional reading, and prayer. We should attend worship services regularly, receiving God’s gifts in Word and Sacrament. Why? This is where God gives us the good gifts of Jesus! Over time, we might just see our priorities change, and how differently we deal with all life’s circumstances and the people we interface with. Why wait? Start today to take in His daily nourishment. Make God’s Word, worship services, and prayer habits – and you will see the awesome ways He will work in your life.
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