Thursday, January 5, 2012

The day before:

Matthew 5:19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven,

If tradition is true, then the Maji's journey to Bethlehem is almost complete. This is the eve of their arrival. The day before something huge happens is always a day of preparation (at least for me). Whether it is Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, or the day before a race, or getting stitches removed, it is moment to reflect and to ensure one is ready for the big event.

Times of reflection and asking one's self, "are you ready?" is a good thing.

What commandment have you set aside for whatever reason? The Law of Moses was set into context by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Early in this year, it would be good review them and the ones that have been "set aside", may need to be taken back up.

Lord, forgive us for our justifying our behaviors that are contradictory to your commands. Forgive us for setting them aside. In Jesus name, we take them up again, and by your grace choose to live by them. Amen.

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