Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read Titus 3 (7/31 Monday)
I know for me, I constantly want to do it all. Any responsibility I can ask for, I ultimately go for it. As you can imagine, this lands me in far more trouble more often than I can count. This very reflection you are reading was a day late in of itself. I miss up. Constantly. Like all the time. It gets frustrating. “Why can’t I just, you know, do everything right 100% of the time, all the time, every time?” Well, turning to Titus, we see something amazing. That fact, the fact that sometimes we don’t do what we need to do, or that we are foolish and disobedient as it says in verse 3, is okay.
In fact, Paul makes sure to say this over and over again. It’snot by our own works, it isn’t by what we can accomplish, it isn’t about the number of dollars in our paycheck or the amount of rooms we rent. It’s about Jesus. It’s about grace! It’s about the fact that Jesus comes in-between us and has died on our behalf.
Ultimately, try your best. Get your reflections in on time kids.
Question for Reflection: What is one thing you have been struggling with that you can give over to God?
Read Esther 7 (8/4 Friday)
Esther sticks out from the other books in the Bible for a number of reasons. Esther 7 shows just how calm, cool, and collected she is through this entire story. The fact that she was able to request anything from the king in the first place is a testament to her strong determination and massive amount of respect she had garnered from both the king and the kingdom itself.
What struck me the most was her selfless words in verse three, asking for peace and safety for not only her, but for the entirety of her people. She stood up for those who did not have a voice and could not speak out against the injustices set before her.
The story continues, and basically concludes, with Haman getting a death sentence, the foe ultimately being vanquished. However Esther never takes a moment to boast about how great she is, or how she single handedly defeated Haman. Rather, she remains humble, an excellent example to us all.
Question for Reflection: Have you ever met anyone who has shown humbleness similar to Esther?
Reflections written by Jax Gorman