May 25, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 1:6-8, “Then they (Jesus’ disciples) gathered around Jesus and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.”
They had seen his glory like no one else, and yet they still couldn’t get their earthly troubles out of their minds. They heard him preach as no one had ever preached. They saw him perform miracles like no one else ever had. They even saw him conquer death. And yet, in one of the last moments they had with him, their concern seemed to be their own earthly problem wanting Israel to become a mighty nation again. They had the right Jesus, but their interests were focusing in the wrong direction.
Like the disciples, we may have the right Jesus, but we too focus our lives in the wrong direction. This happens when we put more energy into our lives on earth than we do into our future lives in heaven. But by the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus still reminds us today what is truly important. He points us heavenward and reminds us of our mission. He helps us to focus our efforts not on what is temporary but on what is eternal.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, when I start to focus more on earthly things than you and your direction for my life, restore me and direct me in the path you want me to go on. In Jesus’ saving name, I pray. Amen