Christian, devotion, Doug Coe, faith, Lenten Devotion, The Gospel of John, Tim Kreutter, Uncategorized

Glimpses of Grace for 25th Day of Lent, 2017

Devotional Reading for the Day: John 6: 27-40. Morning Psalm-5; Evening Psalm-27

Text: They said, “What does God want us to do?” Jesus replied, “This is the work of God, believe in the One whom God sent.” (verse 28)

    C.K. Chesterton once said that Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it simply hasn’t been tried.  Neither belief nor faith is an intellectual exercise. The Letter of James says that our faith is seen in our works–in the things that we do and the “why” that lies behind them.

Tim Kreutter of Cornerstone Development in Kampala, Uganda recently wrote a moving tribute to his spiritual mentor, Doug Coe. “Doug was a revolutionary teacher that challenged and stretched me. … All of his theology was built around Jesus. He taught me to call myself a ‘follower of Jesus’ and not a Christian. The first term describes a life-style and the second describes mere membership in a group. …He also taught that we should spend more of our time reading the 4 Gospels and coming back to the simple teachings of Jesus. … (There is) one (more) thing I learned from him … if we are not a bit revolutionary we are likely to be irrelevant.”

Earlier in John’s Gospel when Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” He was inviting us to live life in a bold new way. In this season of Lent, let us consider this New Way. Let’s be a bit revolutionary–for the glory of God.

Lord, show me the way of Jesus but more importantly give me the courage to embark upon that way. Show me how to put others above self and You above all. Amen.

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