Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 29, 2005
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 29, 2005
(Happy Memorial Day Weekend. This is going out
early because of our travel schedule on the long
weekend. Have a wonderful and blessed weekend.)
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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What are my motives?
Jesus said, "Not every one who says to me, 'Lord,
Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but they
who do the will of my Father who is in heaven. On
that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we
not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in
your name, and do many mighty works in your name?'
And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you;
depart from me, you evildoers.'"
Ask three very important questions while reading the
Bible. What is the passage saying? What does it mean?
And specifically, what does this mean to me in my
personal life and situation? Valuable insights can
also be gained through reading different Bible
Jesus' warning reinforces what he is teaching us about
false prophets and other spiritual impostors. God truly
looks within our hearts and knows our motives. What is
our motive in following Jesus? Are we using him to
promote our own power agenda and to manipulate people
Eugene Peterson translates these verses in a
contemporary interpretation, "Knowing the correct
password saying 'Master, Master,' for instance isn't
going to get you anywhere with me. What is required
is serious obedience doing what my Father wills. I
can see it now at the Final Judgment thousands
strutting up to me and saying, Master, we preached
the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored
projects had everyone talking.' And do you know
what I am going to say? 'You missed the boat. All
you did was use me to make yourselves important.
You don't impress me one bit. You're out of here.'"
(Peterson, Eugene. "The Message: The New Testament
in Contemporary Language," p. 22.)
God, help us identify our true motives for following
Jesus. Help us take heed of this stern warning. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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