“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them”
John 13:17 NIV
Last week’s devotion talked about how Jesus was strengthened during the Passion Week by knowing His position with the Father and the power His Father held. Jesus was fully aware that God the Father gave Him all power and authority, yet understood and faced the reality of His current situation. Jesus discerned that soon it was time for Him to go back to Heaven by way of the cross. During the Last Supper, Jesus turned His knowing into doing by washing His disciples’ feet.
It’s when we start turning our knowing into doing that we begin to see the blessings of God in our lives!
Jesus chose to have his actions follow what he knew about Himself and about His Father; not letting His actions follow what His life circumstances where revealing. Jesus didn’t wait till every situation was worked out in His life before He started to do what was right.
While knowing that He was going to be betrayed and die on a cross, Jesus chose to do kind things. Jesus washed his disciples’ feet; even the feet of Judas who Jesus knew was going to betray Him. It’s not that Jesus was emotionless and didn’t care. John 13:21 tells us that “After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. “One of you is going to betray me.”
Jesus chose to have his actions follow what he knew about Himself and about His Father.
What can you do today that would start turning your knowing into doing? Act on whatever idea God gives you and complete the task.
Father…I thank You for leading the way to freedom in practical acts of kindness. Help me to see the ‘footwashing’ opportunities you place before me and let me start turning my knowing into doing by actions, not words. Your Word says that faith without works is dead.1 May I learn to put into practice those things I say I believe so I can truly live! In Jesus Name…Amen
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- James 2:17
YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community – Barbara Bradford Ottinger
FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell