August 29, 2014
"Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe."
The right word
Christian, believer, follower, saint, redeemed; what shall we call someone who aligns themselves with Jesus Christ? Christian was a negative term given by people in Antioch to describe a few people who tried to act like Jesus. Believer assumes someone doesn't doubt but does, a follower can change with the shifting wind, saint gives the impression someone is better than someone else and redeemed speaks of a very small segment of the group. Therefore, for today's devotional, we will use the term, "you people" as Jesus did.
"You people are something else, you know?" I can almost hear Jesus say it to the dumbfounded look on the face of those who listened. They didn't get it and I fear that neither do we. Discipleship has become a hot word with more variations than people saying it. Belief has become silent trust without any demonstration. Witnessing, ignored by most, is a quick way for others to deliver information and close a deal, rather than slowly teaching someone how to live for Christ. It seems we people are still chasing the latest fad and drawn to whatever shiny and new thing that gets our attention.
It's my joy, Jesus, to be in the special group who believes but has not seen.
Also: Belief; Miracles; Fad
This day in past devotionals:
Is your faith based on conviction or preference? (2000)
Failing to listen to God can haunt you for a lifetime. (2001)
Wiggly worms and weak-willed women can't withstand temptation. (2002)
When the foundations of our nation are crumbling, all that's left to do is pray and vote. (2003)
The best way for a man to avoid lust is to not look at women beside his wife or daughters. (2004)
A by-product of a praying spirit is knowing the right question to ask. (2005)
I know not which is greater, the fact God comes to my aid or that He delivers on His promises. (2006)
A deposit not only secures a purchase but confirms the terms of redemption. (2007)
Evil will take up residence when you think it's just passing through. (2008)
Wickedness is a magnet for those not anchored in God's Word. (2009)
Don't be a sponge unless you expect to be squeezed. (2010)
There are some things we don't need to ask. (2011)
There's nothing new under the sun, but a growing number who think there is. (2012)
Real achievement is making something out of nothing. (2013)
Devotionals began on January 2, 2006 and are the original creation of James R. Green, Prayertower Webservant Content is derived from his alternating
and sequential survey of both the Old and New Testament to offer insight
2. Resources are derived from daily devotions of James R. Green called, Just Thinkin'... (2000-2003), Read the Bible Thru in 365 Days (2004), Pray Thru the Word in 365 Days (2005) and One Minute Devotional (2006-2012).
3. Scripture used from the Holy Bible, New International Version; (c)1978 by New York International Bible Society or God's Word Translation (c)1995 by God's Word to the Nations. All Rights Reserved.
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