Date: Saturday, December 29
Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:1-10
Verse: one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 8:3b)
The presents have all been opened. The food has been eaten. The parties have all been cleaned up. And tomorrow we end our Advent sermon series called A Different Kind of Christmas. Christmas 2012 is over and if we are not conscious in our efforts to keep it alive in our hearts… well… it might be like it didn’t happen at all.
Years ago on a mission trip to upstate New York with a different church, my team was assigned to paint the outside of the house of someone who I now know was a “hoarder.” It appeared she didn’t throw anything away. One day, I asked to use the restroom and when I was let inside, I had to go through a maze of newspapers, egg cartons, trinkets, and other things to find my way back outside. The memory of that house serves as a good reminder of how cluttered our lives can become when we hold onto those things that really don’t matter all that much.
Today’s scripture lesson tells of how the Israelites, when wandering in the desert, were not to hoard the food (manna) God provided them with each day. They were to trust God with their living, because we human beings do “not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
As we prepare to turn the page toward 2013, may our newfound focus on living for Jesus rather than ourselves, become our daily bread.
Prayer: Come into my life Lord Jesus, today and every day. May I feast on your provision, rather than my own, and may I share what you have given me with a needy world. May Christmas live in me all year long. Amen.
Action: Monday, I asked you to begin thinking about your Finish List for 2013. Put the finishing touches on it today. How will your life’s journey be new in the year ahead?
Join us in worship tomorrow at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church where Pastor Joe will be sharing a message about the wise men called “By A Different Road.” Worship is at 8:00am, 9:45am, and 11:00am each Sunday.