URC Daily Devotion 15th June 2019

Today’s Daily Devotion from the United Reformed Church

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1 John 2: 29

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who does right has been born of him.

Reflection

There are many jokes, proverbs, stereotyping sayings – whatever you wish to call them – that play on where people come from. As I was growing up in Derbyshire, I used to hear that people said of us, “Derbyshire born and Derbyshire bred, strong in t‘arm and thick in t’head”. I guess we’ve all heard grim jokes about Irish people, and similar jokes are told in other countries but different peoples – the Greeks tell them about the Bulgarians, for example.

In John’s Gospel, knowing where Jesus comes from (“above”, “the Father”) is particularly important in understanding his person and his work. In this verse from the first epistle of John, we have a similar sort of theology in action. We are to be children of God, and how we behave and who we are is going to help others identity where we’re from. We are born of the righteous Christ if we show his righteousness.

There’s a question that gets asked of folk sometimes today when another seeks to understand them: ‘where are you coming from?’ What are the origins or your ideas? What is your belief system rooted in? Why do you do the things you do? And one of the most powerful, and actually one of the least scary, ways of talking about our faith today is when someone asks us for our motivation for doing something. Why do you work in a food bank? Why do you run this toddler group? These questions give us an opening to talk … and I would say, isn’t that what John is encouraging from us here? Act in such a way that people recognise you are rooted in Christ and that that is where you’re coming from.

Prayer

God whose Holy Spirit bears fruit in us,
encourage us to live out those fruits
in ways that draw others into a curiosity
that helps them explore who you are,
and what your Son has done
and what that might mean for their lives.
Inspire us to play our part
by truly being your children
and living out this family life
in all faithfulness. Amen.

Today’s Writer

The Rev’d Dr Rosalind Selby, Principal Northern College and member of Didsbury URC.

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