Jay's eDevotionals  

Jan 7

Serve King Jesus!

To welcome in the New Year, our Wolfgang gathered out West to see the Grand Canyon.  When we arrived, Jason, our oldest Wolf cub, delivered the wonderful news that courageous Katherine is expecting a baby and will deliver our treasure at UCLA on July 2, 2015. For us, that news was as grand as the canyon!

We soaked up the awe-inspiring wonder of God’s Grand Canyon artwork.  The Canyon is one mile deep, 18 miles across and 277 miles long. Like Psalm 8, the grandeur of the place declares, “O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth. You have displayed Your splendor!”

We then traveled 60 miles south to Williams, Arizona and parked for a few days in the gorgeous mountains to enjoy the blessings of being together as a family. The highlight of our visit came with the dawning of the New Year. On New Year’s Eve 18 inches of fluffy snow fell and transformed our surroundings into a winter wonderland. Our opening event on January 1st constituted gathering as a family with an open Bible and all 12 of us studying the orders of our King Jesus from Matthew 6. After Mary Ruth read these all-important 34 verses that flow from the heart of God, we started sharing our hearts about what the Lord expected of us in the New Year.  We used the Lord’s Prayer as a call to intercede more fervently in 2015.  Jesus focused on extending forgiveness, Kingdom stewardship and deleting worry so we pledged to follow His orders in each area. The crowning statement in the Sermon on the Mount is found in verse 33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things will be added to you.” We declared together that we would seek to be CHRIST-FOCUSED and KINGDOM-DRIVEN people. We pledged to SERVE KING JESUS as our passionate and permanent purpose!

My treasured friend, as you travel into 2015, set as your navigational coordinate Matthew 6:33 and make your days as grand as that Arizona Canyon by faithfully following King Jesus and using your temporary resources to expand His eternal Kingdom.

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