Welcome to this 5 day devotional on Chasing Daylight. Listen to the Audio above as you follow in the text below.
Every now and then, I will go down a random YouTube rabbit hole browsing through all kinds of suggested videos. This one time, while I was browsing away, I found a show called My Houzz by Houzz TV. On this show, celebrities invite interior designers to the house of a loved one and challenge them to give it a complete make over. This make over is meant to be a surprise to the loved ones that live in that house.
By the time the designers are done with all the renovations planned for that house, it’s interior looks nothing like what it used to be. The house is always a lot more spacious, brighter and a lot more vibrant than it was before. When the homeowners return, they are always wide eyed and completely blown away by how much their home has changed. A home they have known for so long.
I however noticed that they never seemed to change anything about the external parts of the house (At least in the episodes I watched). From the outside, the houses looked exactly the same.
This got me thinking about what it means to be a Christian. When we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, we are completely changed on the inside. We may look the same on the outside, but who we are on the inside is brand new. Our capacity to win, our capacity to serve and our capacity to transform the world around us is supernaturally upgraded.
But unfortunately, a lot of times, we live ordinary and powerless lives unaware of the new life and purpose that we have been given on the inside. But God wants to do so much more with us.
In 2007, I came face to face with the reality that I was failing in school. With every passing day, the hope for a reasonable future got more distant. I felt trapped in a world that had no escape. Arrested development had become my reality. Naturally, the tensions between my parents and I were extremely high and navigating through that season seemed impossible.
Eventually, my dad allowed me to take a dead year from campus. While the dead year provided me with temporary relief from the pressure to perform at school, it did not eliminate the apparent reality that my life had lost meaning. But while all I saw was an end, God knew that the stage had been set for a new beginning. Jesus, the master designer, was about to renovate my life.
You see, it was in my idleness of that dead year that I began to experiment with music creating software on my computer at home. Before long, I was attempting to record little song demos for our small band called H.O.P band. Little did I know that these small demos would become our first Album. And little did I know that this smilingly insignificant project would become to me a source of purpose and renewed hope. Little did I know that what started as a small project would become a missional movement dedicated to helping young people find purpose in God for life on earth.
Jesus says in Matt 6:30-33,
“So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you the clothes you need—even though you live with such little faith?
“So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For that is what the unbelievers chase after.
Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?
“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him.
Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.
Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.””
I love this promise of God. He knows us and he knows every detail of the purpose he has for us. Rather than worry about the unknowns of tomorrow, God is challenging us to be faithful with our opportunity today. He is challenging us to live for his kingdom today. To love our neighbours today. To prayerfully lean on Him for direction today. To be grateful for every blessing today.
If we surrender our lives to him completely, He will accomplish His purpose in us, and not a moment of our faithfulness will be wasted.
Good and gracious father
Thank you for today
Thank you for the opportunities you have prepared for us
Challenge our hearts to be faithful today
Challenge us to love and extend kindness today
May we cease every moment today for your glory
In Jesus Name we pray
2 Corinthians 6:11-13 MSG
Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!
Romans 12:1-2 MSG
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.