THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014
The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.—Romans 13:12
Have you ever tried to put a puzzle together, and when you were almost done, you realized that someone had lost the final piece? It can be incredibly frustrating.
Maybe you have tried to put your life together, thinking, If I put this here and that there, it will work. . . But where is that other piece?
God holds the missing piece. You won’t find it in your pursuits. The missing piece is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Have you found that missing piece? Or, do you still have a hole in your heart that you’ve tried to fill with everyone and everything, but nothing satisfies?
I was raised around many of the empty pursuits this world offers. And I pursued enough of them to know they were empty — enough to know they weren’t the answer to what I was looking for. So when I first heard about Jesus Christ, the idea of having a relationship with God held great appeal for me. But the Christians I knew were so nice and loving. I thought, I don’t know if I can become one of these people. But God started working in my life. He changed my heart. And if He can do it for me, then He can do it for you. In fact, when I told people I was a Christian, they didn’t believe it. Then a few years later when they learned I was a pastor, they laughed even harder. It was the last thing anyone ever envisioned for me. But God had a different plan for my life.
Who knows what kind of plan He has for you?
Today’s devotional is an excerpt from Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie, 2013
Radio Program: “Beauty and the Beast — I”
TV Program: “I Don’t Want to Talk About It, Part 1”
Bible Reading: Isaiah 29-31, James 1
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Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.