I met with my Tuesday morning pastors’ group for devotions today. The Moravian Daily Text gave us John 1:1-13, which we read in the NASB.
I find it difficult to hear God in texts that are too familiar. I keep seeing the doctrines my Bible college professors taught me to see there. This time, though, we all heard some significant things.
One of our group heard the term “creation” from verse 3. That verse talks about Jesus’ participation in the creation of the world. He understood from this that he is a creation of God, and thus must be loved by God since creators typically love their creations.
Another heard the term “testify” in verse 6. She said that we have been called to testify to Jesus just as John did. This idea was actually on my mind, too, as I had seen this commercial on TV while eating my breakfast:
She also connected this passage to the UP-IN-OUT triangle: verses 1-5 being UP, 7-8 being OUT, and 9-13 being IN. She felt God was calling her to more OUT.
At first, I just got a general vibe from this text that what God is offering me/calling me to is more than doctrines and beliefs and “going to Heaven when I die”. I got the vibe that this is actually a story or a relationship. As we continued to talk, though (and that’s why doing devotions in a group is so valuable), I realized that a finer point on this idea is that I am God’s child (verse 12) and that I can “rest” in being God’s child. I don’t have to exhaust myself trying to earn some sort of status, as many people both outside and inside the church are doing. I already have the greatest status there is, child of the Father King, and I can rest in that. God is inviting me to rest in that, actually, inviting me to turn away from a lifestyle of competition and exertion that is destroying me. It is an invitation I happily accept.
And that’s what I saw in our devotions today.