Daily Devotion-October 19, 2023

Daily Devotion-October 19, 2023

Colossians 3:1

Therefore, because you were raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

Dear Lord Jesus,

People can be critical of us when we are too happy with our heads in the clouds, unaware of the problems around us; however, when we look around us and see all the problems, that can be depressing. Especially when we look at our lives and know everything we have thought, said, or done. Because everyone is held accountable for their actions, our sins cause us guilt and shame, which can be even more dismal.

However, we are not kept in that gloomy state and have reason for our heads to be in the clouds. Because you came here intentionally to suffer for all our sins. You were the perfect, sinless Son of God, who lived under all civil, ceremonial, and moral laws without any deviation. Then, you willingly allowed yourself to be beaten and abused, and then you were hung on the cross to suffer our punishment; you gave up your Spirit to defeat death for us.

Our baptisms link us to your suffering, death, and resurrection. So your empty tomb assures us that our every sin is forgiven. Faith in You is how we receive Your gifts of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life, and we obtain our faith through Your Holy Spirit, who uses the means of grace—Your Word and sacraments.

So, we ask you to begin or strengthen faith in all who hear your word today. Establish paths for us to share this good news with those who do not know you so they, too, will know and trust in you; may they also seek those things from you that give them eternal life—your forgiveness, love, and mercy. Amen.

Written through Pastor Roger Emmons

When you know your Savior and all that he has done to save you, it is a beautiful reason to have your head in the clouds, rejoicing at the salvation that is yours through Jesus Christ, our Savior.