Scriptures for November 7th – All Saints Day – Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18; Psalm 149, Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31 Theme: Looking behind, Moving forward
Ephesians: This book reminds us that everything that we have comes from God: Our identity, our mission, our inheritance, our future. Where would we be now if it was not for the Lord? It is important for us to keep Christ first in all of our thoughts and decisions. The way you feel about Christ, determines the way that you feel about others. It also determines how you live out your life. Put Christ first, and everything else will fall into place. To be a saint, is not to be perfect, not to be dead, but to be willing to put Christ first.
Luke: This is the sermon on the mount, the most famous verses in the New Testament. It tells us the even though we suffer through life now, we will be comforted. Even though we mourn the loss of loved ones today, in time it will all make sense. We don’t have to rely on ourselves to do anything, God will take care of it in time. As we continue to think about what it means to be a saint, we can reflect on whether we have these qualities in our life: love, meekness, peace loving, willing to give in all circumstances. Only if we do, do we inherit the kingdom of God.
Questions: What inheritance has Christ promised us? What opportunities have you had to put aside what you wanted to do, to do what Christ asked you to do? If Christ is the head, what is our role as the body of Christ? What are the things in your life that you are waiting for Christ to change? What are your challenges in being able to love everyone?