2021.02.16 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, February 16, 2021 comes to us from Steven Schofield of Virginia
Ephesians 1:3-12 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 2:8 (NRSV) By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
Upon achieving the senior rank of Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I adopted this saying: “Never forget where you came from.”
As a young adult I walked away from the faith that had been modeled for me by loving Christian parents. I forgot where I came from, even though the inheritance was freely given through my Lord and Savior.
Years later, on a Navy warship in the middle of the ocean, I found myself broken and bitter. At that moment I remembered where I came from. I remembered the sounds of my father praying in the middle of the night – calling out family members’ names (including my own) in the name of Jesus. I repented and rededicated myself to Jesus Christ, and I vowed to make sure that I modeled my faith, prayed for others, and encouraged my sons and everyone around me in the rich heritage of a faithful Christian walk as it had been passed on to me.
Prayer Focus: People serving in the Navy.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to remember your great love for us when we forget where we came from. Help us to lift up those who are struggling with their faith and to call out their names to you as others have done for us. Amen.
Thought for the Day: I can model faith for others as it has been modeled for me.
— Steven Schofield
It seems to me that it is important to “remember where we came from”, especially our heritage of God’s unearned, always-available grace. Then having remembered that grace, we are called to share our faith with others whose lives we touch every day.