May 13, 2010

God's People

Hebrews 8

After that time … I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Hebrews 8:10


As we seek spiritual renewal, we must nurture our walk with God. As we do that, we may want to draw from Christian writers of past centuries or contemporary spiritual leaders we admire—or both. It’s good to have people we can trust to help guide us along life’s journey. The insights and experiences of other believers can help mentor us and encourage us to a deeper relationship with God.

Yet renewal isn’t a solitary discipline. Renewal happens in relationship—with God. Deepening spiritual depth and growing spiritual stamina never begin with us. Renewal begins with God, who says, “After that time … I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” (see also Jeremiah 31:33). This remarkable theme is that God is the great Change Agent. He will transform our minds and enrich our hearts. He wants us to think his thoughts after him—and to love what he loves! We grow spiritually and emotionally when we work with our wonderful God.

In God’s strength, grow to deepen relationships, broaden horizons, and find peace and hope for everyday living. Let God pull his weight! We’ll be surprised—and thankful—for the changes that we’ll see.

God, give me courage and grace to follow your lead in my spiritual growth. Don’t let me be lazy and do too little—but open my heart to love, and my mind to think of you. Amen.

About the author — Jack Gray

Jack Gray recently retired after forty years as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. During that time he served seven churches from coast to coast in the United States. He and his wife, Wanda, have four sons and three grandchildren. They also have ministered to 44 foster children. This month’s devotions are inspired by his reflections on time at this transition in his life.

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