Thursday, April 26, 2012
Greg Laurie Daily Devotion - April 26, 2012
Rediscover the Church
And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. - (Ephesians 1:23)
Some people say that we need to reenvision the church for today. But I disagree. I don’t think we need to reenvision the church; I think we need to rediscover it. We don’t need to redefine what God has already defined. Rather, we need to get back to the church the way it was in the beginning, because this is the church that turned the world upside down.
Jesus told a parable about a man who planted a crop of wheat. But at night, his enemy sowed tares among the wheat. Tares are small plants that initially look just like wheat. But as time passes, tares actually will uproot the wheat.
One of Jesus’ handpicked disciples turned out to be a full-blown hypocrite and a traitor: Judas Iscariot. And as we look at the early church, we discover they had hypocrites too. They had rivalries. They had heresies. They had immorality. So hypocrites are nothing new.
There always will be imitations whenever there is the genuine. Whenever you have something that is done right, someone will do their version of it. Because there are fake versions, it means there is certainly a genuine version out there as well. Imitations remind us that a genuine exists.
Having said that, we should also recognize that Jesus Christ was committed to the church. It is the only organization that He ever started. There is really nothing in the world like the church. The church has many critics, but no rivals. And I am amazed at the special bond that can take place between followers of Jesus Christ that can break through every other barrier.
I am proud to be a part of the church and a member of the body of Christ. And if you are a Christian, then you should be too.
Summary sentence: There will always be imitations of the genuine.
Tags: church, hypocrite
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The Miracle of Life
APRIL 26, 2012
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
There is a language in nature that speaks of the existence of God. It is the language of order, beauty, perfection, and intelligence. Some time ago a scientist told me that when he gave serious thought to the majestic order of the universe and its obedience to unchanging law, he could not help but believe in God. He had become aware that God was speaking through nature.
God speaks in the certainty and regularity of the seasons; in the precision of the movements of the sun, the moon, and the stars; in the regular coming of night and day; in the balance between man’s consumption of life-giving oxygen and its production by the plant life of the earth; and even in the cry of a newborn child with its ever-new dimension of the miracle of life.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
The beauty of this day will be a constant reminder of the magnificence of You, God.