Adam’s Devotional – July 2-8, 2020

From Adam…

We need to wash our hands, or we’ll die. (According to Exodus 30:20, kind of)–maybe that’s where the CDC got the idea. God instructs the priests to wash their hands and their feet (in the same bowl!!!) before entering into the tabernacle, so they won’t die. Exodus 30 is actually chock full of instructions for the right way to worship as well as the right way to be the people of God. The instructions are so specific, ranging from materials to smells. Seriously, look in Exodus 30, and you’ll find two recipes: one for oil and one for incense that are only to be used for worshipping God. All of this points to the simple and profound reality that there is something special and unique about our relationship with God. This is true in different human relationships as well. We don’t relate or interact with all people the same way. We walk around our house and families in clothing (or lack of clothing) that we would never wear in public. Why?  Because our relationship with our family is different. Like the Hebrews in Exodus, we are a people of God and more specifically because of Christ, we are people with God. There is something special and unique about our relationship with Christ. In a word, it’s intimate. We can share things with God, we can interact with God, and we can love God in a way that we can no one else. What is so unique about our relationship with Christ? Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans. “Who is in a position to condemn us, only Jesus Christ.”  [What does Christ do?]  “It is Christ Jesus who died for us, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.” What would it look like if you said, “yes” to the special, unique, and gracious nature of a relationship with Christ? When’s the last time you sat still in God’s presence? When’s the last time you offered God all your fear, doubt, and anxiety?  When’s the last time you laughed with God from joy overflowing? In a time and season that feels out of control, the one constant is the unique, intimate love of God we experience in Christ Jesus. Say “yes” to God’s “yes” to you today. Say “yes” to the unique intimacy offered you from the One who has been with you from the beginning. God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

God’s up to something . . . be a part of it. 

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