Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 19 Scripture Selection: Amos 7-9
Food for Thought: Amos 9:11-13
It’s always good to look into the Word and see ourselves mentioned there, and there are plenty of places in the Word where we can find ourselves. It’s even better than reading an article in the newspaper or magazine that mentions our name, and far better than seeing ourselves on T.V. Identifying ourselves in the Word provides us written documentation of our permanent status as citizens of His Kingdom and His devotion to our relationship with Him.
We “Gentiles” are not just an after thought of the Lord’s, or His “plan B.” We are not just tag-alongs or second-class citizens who make it into the Kingdom by hanging onto the coattails of the Jews. No! The Lord says that there are Gentiles who are called by His name (vs. 12). We believers literally bear the name of the Lord on our spirits. His name is our identity because we have believed on Him and received by faith His very life in us.
Another remarkable place in the Bible where He refers to us is in John 17 in the prayer of Jesus for those who believe in Him. Among other things, He prays, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me (vs. 20-23).”
Ephesians 2:11-15 explains beautifully how the Lord made room for us to be included as ONE with Him:
“Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,”
The Lord of the harvest (Mat. 9:37, 38) has accommodated for the multitudes of every nation, people, tribe, and tongue (Rev. 5:9) who will join us and come into His Kingdom, so many that “the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed (Amos 9:13).” He knows every one of us by name and has made arrangements for us all to enjoy our place with Him. We have documented proof that it is so.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):