Read Revelation 1:4-8

John to the seven churches that are in Asia:Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wailon account of him. Even so. Amen. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."

Reflect

  • Am I ready to let Jesus Christ be the foundation in my life?
  • Have I ever truly understood the magnitude of Jesus' love and sacrifice for me?
  • How can I honor God in my everyday life with the glory that He deserves?

We often get desensitized to the magnitude of Jesus' message. We've heard it so many times--some of us for our entire lives--we lose sight of what an incredible gift God gives us in His son, Jesus Christ. These two short verses, with their succinct emphasis on love, sacrifice, and service, encapsulate the essence of Jesus Christ: He loves us unconditionally, has freed us from sin forever, and has made us in His image to serve God. Think about the magnitude of that promise for a moment and let it sink into your heart, soul, and mind. No wonder John shouts, "To him be glory and power for ever and ever!" How can we not?

One of the best ways to honor God and to remember Him through daily living is to thank Him. "Let thankfulness temper all your thoughts," writes Sarah Young in her daily devotional, Jesus Calling. "A thankful mindset keeps you in touch" with Jesus. Open your eyes to the gifts that are present in every aspect of your life and give God the glory in your thanks."

Pray

Lord, please help me never lose sight of Your awesome power. I don't ever want to take You for granted. Amen.  

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