Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional comes from Our Daily Bread.
The words of Ravi’s father cut deep. “You’re a complete failure. You’re an embarrassment to the family.” Compared to the his talented siblings Robbie was viewed as a disgrace. He tried excelling in sports, and he did, but he still felt like a loser. He wondered what is going to become of me? Am I a complete failure? Can I get out of life some way painlessly? These thoughts haunted him, but he talk to no one. That simply wasn’t done in his culture. He had been taught to “keep your private headache private; keep your collapsing world propped up.”
So Ravi struggled alone. Then while he was recovering in the hospital after a failed suicide attempt, a visitor brought him a Bible open to John 14. His mother read these words of Jesus to Ravi: “Because I live, you also will live” (verse 19). This may be my only hope, he thought. A new way of living. Life as defined by the author of life. So he prayed, “Jesus, if you are the one who gives life as it is meant to be, I want it.”
Life can present despairing moments. But like Ravi, we can find hope in Jesus who is “the way and the truth and the life” (verse 6). God longs to give us a rich and satisfying life. Poh Fang Chia
Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, and I need Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for dying for me and giving me eternal life. Transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to You alone.
Only Jesus can give us new life.
John 14:5-14New International Version (NIV)
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[a] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
- John 14:7 Some manuscripts If you really knew me, you would know