Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world.’” vs. 42

John 4:27-42

Many of us have been believers since our childhoods. We learned the good news of Jesus from our parents and Sunday School teachers, and perhaps even in confirmation class. Those good people laid out credal definitions and we memorized a few bible verses, and by the time we were 16 we had a pretty good idea what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. But some are never able to make that faith their own. They can recite scriptures and parrot the catechism, but the teachings don’t touch their hearts. They’ve learned what others believe, but they really haven’t figured out what they believe themselves. Often such persons appreciate the faith of their parents, but since it’s not their own, they like the idea of figuring things out for themselves. Sometimes, as many of us know all too well, they never return to the church. They like the freedom of exploration and rather like being unattached. Some even become cynics and skeptics. But not all! Occasionally, like the people from that Samaritan village, they discover for themselves what their parents have always known. The Spirit of Jesus blows into their lives and they become convinced of the truth of the gospel. And when they return to the church, everyone sings songs of praise and joy. What belonged to another is now their own!

Thought for the Day: When did you make the gospel your own?


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