Monday, July 11, 2016

John 4:43-54

John 4:43-54
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

  Can you imagine the reaction of the father to such a miracle?  He must have been thrilled beyond belief, overjoyed at the news that his son would live.
  At that point, he had a choice.  He could suddenly re-immerse himself in his life as it has always been, grateful for the miracle but not changing anything.  Or he could recognize that Jesus' power to heal and deliver miracles is a sign of a far deeper power, and that what happened with his son is an invitation to a new way of life, one which is bigger than life and death.  The miracle was an opportunity for the official to decide what kind of life he wanted to lead.
  The official and everyone in his family put their faith in Jesus.  They looked beyond the miracle into the deliverer, and their gratitude drove them to change their lives.
  It's vital for us to be grateful for our blessings, lest we begin to take them for granted or assume that they are simply things we deserve.
  And when we remember to be grateful, this should shift our attention from the blessings to the giver of every good gift, and may our gratitude drive us to worship, to put our faith in Christ and follow wherever he may lead.

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