Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Can A Little Child Like Me"1 (Lyrics)
Sometimes, I feel so rotten that I just want God to call me home. After losing my friend Dorothy, I am lonely and tired of hanging in there. This isn't just me talking this way, I know. Many singles in their eighties are feeling the emptiness in their day, indeed in their lives. What is the Christian's answer to it? What does the Bible say that helps seniors especially? Well, here's what Paul said:
Galatians 2:20b – The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV 2011)
As soon as I read those words "the body", it became personal, for the body is the part of my existence that is giving me a lot of pain. Paul would have known the pain in the human body, for he had been beaten often. But what does he mean? How do we live by faith in the Son of God so constantly that we can rise above the pain and suffering to serve our Lord? I find that just reading these devotionals every morning turns my spirit to Christ, and I let Him in so that He will go through the day with me.
As we open up to Christ's Spirit every day, our day changes as we feel His presence. But if we are too busy for Him, what then? We walk through the day alone. Yes, the eighties have their challenges: less energy makes everything hard to do, food issues make it hard to share with others as one's diet is so strict, sight is deteriorating, and hearing has also lapsed. Our usual road to sharing has been deleted, or at least hindered. There has to be a better way to share our faith. What is it? Think about what Jesus wants of us now that we live by faith in the Son of God. He will guide us through today, using what skills we still have. Writing devotionals is one such gift which the Lord has given me to use, so I keep writing. What about you? What is the Lord wanting you to do? Whatever it is, He will also give you the skill and support needed to get it done faithfully. After all, we are living today by faith in Him, not just in ourselves.
As people of all ages begin to discover what it means to live by faith in the Son of God and how doing so changes our lives, the fellowship in and through our church families helps us to get there. Yes, we need to open up together, giving our lives to Christ, living by faith in the Son of God. We need to discover how life in Jesus changes all that we do. Faith in Him works miracles. The small little thing that we choose to do today can take on amazing prospects as God works through us.
Prayer: Yes, Lord, we thank You for Your Spirit Who changes our bodies to joyfully live by faith in You. Thank You for Jesus, Your Son, Who reaches out to us today. Jesus, we come to You. The life we now live in the body, we live by faith in the Son of God. Amen.