Comparison is the thief of joy.
When we consider ourselves in competition with people around us, people like classmates, neighbors, or friends on our sports team, it can steal the new life that God has given us in Jesus. When we are gripped by envy or insist on feeling less than enough, we miss out on the truth God proclaims. Jesus came as a man to show us that the kingdom of God was like nothing we had ever experienced or expected.
He challenged the religious to rediscover their love for God. He chased after those who felt like their circumstances or decisions disqualified them from God’s love. In a world with hundreds of laws, Jesus looked into the eyes of a child and said we could learn from them on how to love God.
His words are exhilarating and confusing at the same time. In today’s verses, discover the truth about the nature of God as you replace the word “love” with “God.” Then discover who God is transforming you into by re-reading the verses again and replacing the word “love” with “I”.
What do these verses remind you about God? About yourself? What can you do today in response to what you’ve read?