Worldly dreams may not come true, but to know Jesus is enough.
In the Word
… I reckon everything as complete loss for the sake of what is so much more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8b GNT
Of the Word
Sara dreamed of owning a little cottage in the country. There she saw herself curled up before a cozy fire with her favorite books, her ginger cat asleep at her feet. A modest dream, to be sure. Other people have more ambitious dreams — achieving wealth, influence, power, fame.
King David had his heart set on building a temple for the Lord, but God had other plans. The mother of James and John, Jesus’ disciples, had her heart set on positions of honor for her sons. Jesus had other plans.
Jesus warned about worldly dreams and ambitions that lead people off the path of true discipleship. Jesus asked, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul” (Mark 8:36)?
St. Paul wrote to young pastor Timothy: Some people who have set their hearts on getting rich have wandered away from the Christian faith and have caused themselves a lot of grief (1 Timothy 6:10b GW). Instead: Pursue what God approves of: a godly life, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11b GW).
Walking with my Lord
Lord Jesus, help me to set my mind and heart on You instead of worldly dreams. In Your name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Walking with My Lord. Author: Donna Streufert. 16/30 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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