SOAP Devotional 2014-01-29
Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. (Hebrews 13:8, 9 NLT)
Important part of this passage, “do not be attracted by strange, new ideas”. Jesus is and will be the same as he has always been. He is not coming up with new doctrines. He also does not want us coming under the old laws. Our strength comes from His grace.
People are constantly looking for new things from God. Isn't it amazing that the majority of these new things focus on us rather than on God. They bless us or draw attention to us. Our focus should be on the one who never changes. Even miracles should never bring the focus on us, but on the one who does miracles. His name is Jesus. We also do not need to get under old laws. Again this brings the focus on us. Look how holy I am because I only eat Kosher. Let focus on Jesus and his grace. If we would spend as much time talking about Jesus and his grace instead of all these other things we might start reaching our communities for Christ.
God help me to avoid all these other things and instead to simply focus on you and your gospel message.