Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Unto The Hills Around Do I Lift Up"1 (Lyrics)
1 Corinthians 13:12 – Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (NIV)
I like to look at Facebook several times a day. Because my family is so far away in Scotland, it gives me the opportunity to see what they're doing and to comment on their exploits. I am able to keep in touch with them in a remarkable way that I could not have done ten years ago. I laugh with them when they're having a good time; I sympathize with them when they're having bad days; and I pray for them when they're going through tough times.
Sometimes, they post selfies which make me smile and laugh; at other times, I think, "Oh no, not another selfie," especially from my nieces and nephews. I guess that, as younger people, they're just trying to find their way in the world and discover who they are, but there are days when what I call "selfie-overload" takes over my Facebook newsfeed. I feel as though they are too self-preoccupied, and I wish that they would limit the number of photos that they take, upload, and post.
Then, I find myself praying to God more than several times a day, expressing my own cares and concerns, my worries and expectations, focusing entirely on myself, instead of loving and adoring God for His grace, forbearance, and mercy. It makes me wonder if God ever rolls His eyes at me and says, "Not another self-centred prayer from John. He's already talked to me about this so many times today!"
Usually, after this revelation, I end up thanking God for His patience and appreciating how blessed we are to be children of His grace. Our prayers don't have to be about us. In fact, they should be more about God and the beautiful gift of salvation which He has promised through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Perhaps today, we will all make more time to do this, in order to praise God and put Him at the centre of our lives. If we do, then when we come face-to-face with God, we will fully know who we truly are in His eyes.
Points to ponder: What am I most thankful for today? Have I gratefully prayed to God about this?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You know us completely, and You see how vain we all are. Forgive us for being self-centred. Help us to turn our focus to You and our heavenly Father. Grant us opportunities to praise and worship You today. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.