Daily Devotions
 

Hello Good Shepherd!

During these summer months our Daily Devotions will continue with Good Shepherd’s Pastors along with Jen Jarman and Matthew Petersen each taking turns writing them week by week.  The topics and themes will be as varied as the Staff members themselves!  We hope you will check us out each day as you continue your daily Vine Time with God.  Open yourself to what God is saying to you through this writing, and pray that the Spirit will bring forth fruit from your life for the sake of the world. 

Also, as a way to encourage each other, use the comment box at the end of each day’s devotion to leave a thought, a prayer or a reflection of your own.  

Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion
Jen Jarman

Daily Devotion

Remember Jesus OftenLuke 22:8-20

My family is a family that eats together, primarily at our dining room table. However, before we eat, we say grace. We have taught our children (ages 10, 7 and 4) a few of the more traditional table graces, like “Come Lord Jesus …” or “God is Great….”. Sometimes we pray all together or sometimes we ask one of the children to lead the prayer.

The table grace that always causes me to pause, just for a moment, is when my 4-year leads “God is Great”. When he leads this table grace, he says, “God is grace, God is good, let us thank Him for our food.” And every time he says these words aloud, I always think to myself, “Yup. God is grace”. It is as simple as that.

In his book, “The Cost of Discipleship”, Dietrich Bonhoffer, reflects on the cost of grace and explains it this way:

The essence of grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance; and, because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing…. Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: “ye were bought at a price,” and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.

Yes, God is grace and it seems so profound to be reminded of this when my family is gathered at our table, just as Jesus had gathered with his disciples for a meal. Jesus knew what the gift of grace would cost him, yet he willingly gave it to us. When we gather together for meals, Jesus wants us to remember his life and his teachings. He even gave us a new meal to do just this very thing!

How can we best imitate Jesus in our ways and our works? How can we best honor the cost of the gift of grace that has already been given to us?

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