Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Jeremiah 17:5-17; Psalm 55; Philippians 4:1-13; John 12:27-36

Personal and practical. God in heaven spoke personally to the prophet Jeremiah. The psalmist spoke personally to God. God spoke personally to Jesus from the clouds and spoke very practically to the apostle Paul. Does the Lord God communicate with you on a personal and practical level? How is the supernatural made natural so that we can have a personal and practical relationship with the Lord of Lords and King of Kings? The only answer, of course, is by the grace of God.

The apostle Paul in his letter to new Philippian believers suggests a discipline of fixing the mind on whatever is true, honorable, and right; whatever is pure, lovely, and of good report; whatever is excellent and worthy of praise (Phil. 4:8). It takes daily exercising of renewed thinking to foster kingdom actions.

Lately I’ve been fixing my mind on the truth of Calvary. I want the meaning of that transforming event to be lifted out of the religious frame and become more central in my life. I want to be genuinely, wholeheartedly thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. I want to have my mind renewed in the Spirit so that thanksgiving will circulate through my system as naturally as my own blood quickens every cell in my body.

New insight came in a card I received last week from Inova Blood Services. It read: “Today we shipped your blood to a patient in need. Thank you.” In reflecting on the experience of donating and distributing blood, I saw the supernatural becoming natural. Thanksgiving followed freely. Jesus gave his blood, in obedience to his Father, and packaged his life in born-again believers so that he could, by the Holy Spirit, ship it to a patient in need. Life is in the blood in the natural. Life in the supernatural comes because of Christ’s blood. Only the needy receive transfusions of new life for old. He knows where each needy one is. If I maintain through exercise a personal and practical relationship with him, he will ship me to the patient in need.


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