Friday, February 6, 2009

40 Days of cHesed—Day 24

Day 24 Transformed by Truth

Have you ever seen a 3-D movie? Or maybe you’ve seen 3-D pictures in National Geographic or some other magazine. The images look a little strange, don’t they? While you can make out the basic idea, it is hard to look at for too long. Your eyes get tired and you can even get a headache.

What? There are special glasses you are supposed to wear? Oh! Well, that makes a huge difference! Wow—the images just jump off the screen or page once you put those glasses on. Amazing!

As you begin to let the actions and attitudes of hesed transform you, the truth of what the Christian life is supposed to be will just jump out at you. It is like having special 3-D glasses—we call them hesed glasses.

Hesed glasses help you focus clearly on the proper target. They keep you from being easily distracted. They help you see what the Holy Spirit is doing around you—and what you can do to be a part of it.

Unlike 3-D glasses (which aren’t recommended for extended wear), we encourage you to get in the habit of wearing your hesed glasses all the time! They take a little getting used to at first, but they’ll help make sure your view is God’s view. And after a while, your spiritual eyes will actually begin to be corrected—they will be transformed by seeing the truth!

Today’s Look at 1 John

Read 1 John 3:11-4:6. While you’re reading, look for circumstances where wearing your hesed glasses is essential!

Keep Breathing!

You’ve been turning to God as your first reaction to every situation – so he can help you respond with righteousness for two days now. Any muscle spasms? Well, remember to pace yourself. Rest and stretch out—cool down—after working out. Don’t push yourself too far too fast. We’re in this for the long run—we don’t want to burn out.

See—that’s better. You can do this!

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