“The Lord created you in the fullness of your humanity, and it is your humanity that he longs to redeem.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 17th, 2021
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1:22-23 (NIV)
When our Lord Jesus took on flesh and bone, he dignified and sanctified the physical reality of our existence. He did not come as a ghostly spirit, nor does he invite us into a disembodied future. Christ’s bodily resurrection is the hope towards which we all strive: to have the whole of our humanity healed, restored, and transformed by the love of God.
For this reason, our present life with Christ should be a deeply physical and incarnational journey. Though St. Paul rightly exhorts us to be transformed through the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2), the healing of our minds should not be seen as opposed to or isolated from the transformation of our entire being.
The Lord created you in the fullness of your humanity, and it is your humanity that he longs to redeem.
In light of this, we are invited daily to submit all of our actions to the Lord and orient all of our senses towards the coming kingdom of God. Every thought you have and decision you make is connected to your life of discipleship and has the potential to deepen the life of God within you. As Ephesians 1:23 reminds us, Christ “fills everything in every way.” If we are in Christ, we too must learn to see him and encounter him in everything and every way.
It is tempting to see “faith” or “religion” as one part of the pie chart that makes up our lives. It may be in the mix, but what does it have to do with the way I spend my time or money? What does Christ have to say about my recreational pursuits or entertainment choices? In reality, Christ is not a slice of the pie but gives meaning and purpose to every part of it!
Try as we might, it is impossible to divide our lives into neatly defined categories. The Lord longs to heal and restore every part of you – body, mind, and soul – and does so through the realities of our everyday lives, even the ones that may in the moment feel anything but spiritual!
Father, thank you that you are at work, healing and restoring me into the likeness of your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Can you learn to see within your daily rhythms the invitation from the Lord into transformed and renewed living?
Pre-order Boyd’s most important book he has written to date: The Spiritual Life of a Leader
Mosaic MSC: Tremble
If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Wisdom Hunters Resources. We are trusting the Lord for His provision.
Download our app!
May 8, 2021
“When we fear for our future, we are never truly free.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 8, 2021 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25 (NLT) As we approach Mother’s Day, many of us likely have the mothers in our lives [...]
May 7, 2021
“Exhaustion is the enemy of intimacy. Only as you care for yourself do you have a healthy self to give away.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 7, 2021 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is [...]
May 6, 2021
“Our movement needs an aim and a destination.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 6th, 2021 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. Oh that you had paid attention to my [...]