Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 29, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 29, 2011
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
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 taught, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord,
Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only
one who does the will of my Father 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 deeds of power in your name?'
Then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; go
away 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 translations.
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 for prestige?
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.
Grace and peace,
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