March 2021
... From the heart of Laura

“Halos – 3 lbs for $3.98”

“Halos – 3 lbs for $3.98”.  Wow - what I wouldn’t give for 3 pounds of saintly halos hovering over my head!  And really, I wouldn’t have to do anything –Just pay a few dollars.

Those were my musings as I drove past the grocery store marquee advertising specialty oranges.

But maybe that wouldn’t be enough to get a heavy halo.  A three-pound halo is pretty big.  Maybe I’d have to work a little bit for it.  Like, go to church every week, read an extra devotional every day, do more than just smile and wave at my neighbors when I see them outside, thank God at night before I go to bed for keeping me well that day.

What else would I have to do to be in God’s good graces, to earn that golden halo?
Nothing.   That’s right, nothing; no matter how rich you are or how good you are, you can’t pay for it, or earn it.
“And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)

Did you catch that?  God’s “good graces”.
For one thing, you don’t get to wear a halo in the first place.  Nobody does.
 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. (Romans 3:23)

So what do I have to do to please God?  
Believe.  Put your trust in Jesus.  Confess His life, death, and resurrection. 
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

Once you believe, and accept God’s gift to you - oh that gift: it’s not a halo—that gift from God is given by His grace.  That gift is Jesus Christ’s righteousness with which you are clothed when you put to death your old life, your old priorities, your old way of thinking.  It is a gift that can’t be tarnished.
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.” (Matthew 6:20)

When you live a new life each day in Christ, when He becomes your Lord, your daily focus, you will have a better gift than any manmade image of a halo for everyone to see.  You will have a desire to please Him, you will delight in reading your Bible to learn who He is.  You will look forward to entering into prayer (“pray without ceasing”), and hearing your spirit commune with His Spirit.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

You will have joy in fellowship with other believers, and experience Christ’s love for the lost.

You will be motivated to tell people about the gospel so they too, like you, can be rescued from the darkness in which they live, and walk in the Light of the Heaven that is going to Be.

Then – you will have something better than a halo: you will have relationship with the God of all creation.
               
Unless Otherwise indicated, “Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible ®, Copyright ©1960, 1062, 1965, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.”

Prayer Guide for 2021

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