Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
2 Timothy 2:20-25 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
20 In a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. 21 All who cleanse themselves of the things I have mentioned[a] will become special utensils, dedicated and useful to the owner of the house, ready for every good work. 22 Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant[b] must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, 25 correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth,
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
The call for Timothy in this passage is for him to “pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.” Are those part of your goals—what you pursue? What would our world be like if what people pursued, what people lived for were these attributes? Can you imagine it?
Jesus could. He envisioned just that kind of world and called us to pursue it. He called it the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is wherever and whenever God’s will is done “on earth as it is in heaven,” to use Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount.
Jesus expressed this pursuit of the kingdom of God with the parable of the treasure and the parable of the merchant:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one very precious pearl, he went and sold all that he owned and bought it.” (Matthew 13:44-46)
When you think of what’s most valuable in your life and what you pursue, where does God and the kingdom of God fit in?
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster