THURSDAY 1ST DEC.,2016
TOPIC: A BLANK ONLY GOD CAN FILL
TEXT: Acts 17:28 “For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring….”
Here’s a time-tested maxim: ‘The heart is a God-shaped blank, and only God can fill it.’ An author writes about soldiers who were captured, tortured and starved in War. As a result they started acting like animals, clawing, fighting and stealing food. In an effort to turn things around, a group of missionaries decided to start reading the New Testament to them and as they read it, the soldiers were converted to Christ, and this community of animals was transformed into a community of love. That’s because God lives in Jesus, and Jesus is willing to live in the hearts of those who trust Him. He offers joy, peace, a transformed life and assurance of eternal life to all those who place their trust in His atoning death.
So what are you using to try to fill the void in your life? Material possessions? Mood-altering substances? Sex? Career success? The pursuit of intellectual growth? Excitement? You may as well give it up now—it won’t work! Paul explained it like this to the philosophers in Athens: ‘….God…made the world and everything in it, He gives life to everything, He satisfies every need, His purpose was (that we should) seek after God…feel [our] way towards Him and find Him—though He is not far from us. For in Him we live and move and exist… ‘ (vs 24-28). In the words of the time-honoured hymn: ‘Now none but Christ can satisfy, none other name for me. There’s love, and life, and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee.
MEDITATION: Col. 1:16-17
STUDY THE BIBLE
GAL 5:16-26; EZEK 1; PS 148