Sunday, September 27, 2015

For Your Sake

"He [Jesus Christ] was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” –1 Peter 1:20

Walking is an excellent form of exercise for human beings. It raises the heart rate and is easy on the joints. Walking Lexi is not an excellent form of exercise, however. Other dog owners with other dogs may get a good workout, but Lexi stops and sniffs every few paces so that I’m standing still as often as I’m moving. I could train her to keep going, or I could simply drag her along by the leash. But Lexi doesn’t walk with me for my sake; I walk her for her sake. I can get my exercise in other ways. Sniffing bushes and lampposts is mentally stimulating for dogs, which, according to our trainers at the Humane Society, is just as important as physical exercise. So, although I get impatient, I try not to hurry Lexi along on our morning walk. Likewise, God doesn’t invite us to walk with him for his sake; he walks with us for our sake. He doesn’t walk with us to get anything out of it. He doesn’t need our worship and praise; all creation praises him: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1). Instead, God wants to give us something. That’s why he doesn’t hurry us along. He lets us stop and figure things out. He wants us to walk with him for the good it does us.

Dear God, Thank you for walking with me for my sake. Amen

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