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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 4, 2020

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SATURDAY, January 4

Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

We spend more than $600 billion annually on global advertising. Every cent of that money tells us that if we just buy the next shiny thing, we’ll be happy.

Jesus never offers us easy promises. At the cross, he calls us to imitate nothing less than God. If imitating the models on TV is clearly out of my reach, how can I possibly imitate God? Paul says the answer to this question is as simple as it is difficult.

Love is always the answer. But, this is no greeting card version of love—it’s a love that calls for self-sacrifice, putting aside our greed and fear for the sake of others, for the love of God and neighbor. This kind of love calls us to lay down our ideas of self and to take up our cross and follow Jesus into the kingdom.

MOVING FORWARD: Take a media sabbath this week—put your phone away, leave the television off, and rest your body and soul.

PRAY for The Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Ps 85, 87 * 89:1-29 | Joshua 3:14—4:7 | Ephesians 5:1-20 | John 9:1-12,35-38

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