January 1 (Day 1)
"Let Your Light Shine"
Passage: Matthew 5:16 KJV
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven."
This verse pretty much states the duty of a Christian. As a Christian, our mission is to be a shining light in the dark world. Jesus should shine through our lives in all that we do and say, and by our actions. We shouldn't have to tell others that we are Christians; for they should notice a differnce in our attitude, talk, and everything that we do. Through this, you need to remember that we are not seeking our own glory; for if we recieve glory of men, then that is our reward. We should strive for the glory and reward in Heaven, for it's the eternal things that will last. Setting a good testimony could be in the simple things of life; for it's the small things in life that can make a BIG difference. Just giving someone a smile, holding a door, or helping someone is laying ueternal treasures, and others will see Christ through our lives, by these things. Through these small things, our light can lighten the world! By demostrating small acts of kindness, others may see Christ through us, and want what we've got, and may get saved!
January 2 (Day 2)
Passage: Hebrews 13:2 KJV
"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unaware."
As a Christian, we should always set a good example by being curteous to those around us. Who knows? It could be an angel unaware! Other people whom you're around and associate with could be angels in disguised. This could be a test from Heaven; not for God to see you're heart, but for you to see yourself the kind of person you really are. In Matthew 25:35-45, Jesus tells us, inasmuch as we have helped others, we have done it as unto Christ. Rather or not they know it, others could be angels used by God. When someone's hurting-comfort them; when someone has a need-do your best to supply it; and when someone is alone or just needs a little love-give it unto them. Treat everyone like you would treat Jesus, or even your favorite thing. Who knows? It could be an angel unaware!
January 3 (Day 3)
"Obeying the Holy Spirit"
Passage: James 4:17 KJV
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
Basically, it's saying that if we know we should be doing something and we don't, then we have sin. When we got saved, God placed the Holy Spirit within us that tells us right from wrong. It may be that little voice that says, "Open the door for that lady" or "Go sit with that person who's alone" . Those small things may not seem all that important, but to God they are. When you disobey that voice, God considers it sin. Another thing is our actions. Whether or not you know it, people are constantly watching us; longing for that joy or fullness of life that twe have. The only reason they haven't accepted Jesus as Saviour is because we haven't showed them how. Even worse, what if they ARE looking at our actions and don't notice a different? If we act like every one else why would they won't to be Christians if they are just going to be the same? The Holy Spirit speak and tell you to do small acts of kindness, and others may see it and that will be the seed planted within them. The most demending voice that you MUST always obey is the one that says, "Tell them about salvation." They may only get one opportunity-YOU- and you may be shutting the door. You don't want to be responsible for being the reason that someone died and went to Hell. Our mission, as Christians, is to tell others about salvation. If we aren't listening to that inner voice, then we are constantly sinning, and God may see that He dosen't need us anymore. Wouldn't that be sad? If that voice is saying, "Go talk to them," or "Invite them to your birthday party," do it. No matter what, don't EVER push aside the voice that says, "Tell them about Christ." It may be their only or last chance.
January 4 (Day 4)
"Don't Give Up"
Passage: Galations 6:9 KJV
"And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap if we faint not."
Have you ever thought, "If I'd waited just a little longer or done something just a little different, it could have turned out better." Wouldn't it be a pity if we were searching for treasure that was 100 feet below, and stopped at 97 feet? What a waste! And that is how our life is. Our goal should be to tell others about salvation. What if we constantly tod someone every day, but given up? Maybe they would have gotten saved if you had just asked them once more if they would like to hear about Jesus or come to church with you. That would be such a pity! We must keep on going and not give up; for the harvest could be just around the corner!
January 5 (Day 5)
Passage: James 4:7 KJV
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
Everyday is a constant battle between the flesh and Holy Spirit living within us. Here's a great illustration that you may already have heard:
An old Indian held dog fights every week. He would always place a high bets on one of his dogs and always win. Someone began to notice this, and asked how he always knew which dog would win. The indian said, "It's simple. The one I feed the most."
That's the same with our lives. Whoever we feed the most, whether God or Satan, is going to eventually reign and have full control in your life. You've got to realize that without God, we are NOTHING. On our own, there is no way to resist Satan. We MUST have God's help. To do this, we must say, "God not mine will, but Thine be done".. This applies to everyday life; for we are never fully in the will of God, until we have submitted ourselves to, and cannot do what He wants us to do.We must submit our lives to Christ; for only then can we do His will and defeat Satan!
January 6 (Day 6)
"Lay Aside Every Weight..."
Passage: Hebrews 12:1b KJV
"...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,"
Satan's goal is to preven tpeople from getting saved and ruinning Christian's testimonies. Life is like a race, and he does these things by throwing obstacles in our path, so that we may trip and fall. We, by nature, sin and that is what's slowing us down. We must get the sin out of our life to successfully run the race. Since we are saved, Satan can't take our salvation, but he'll try to do anything he can to prevent us from telling others about Christ. He does this by using little sins like cheating on a test, placing wrong thoughts in our mind, hanging out with the wrong crowd, and numerous other things that can weigh or burden us down. Our mission is to tell others how to get saved, and Satan will try anything he can to stop us, so we have to get rid of the distractiong he points to us, as he tries to set us off track. Maybe it's the TV, computers, friends, or other materialistic things that he is using. We MUST get these things out of our life if we are going to run the race successfully and be in the will of God.
January 7 (Day 7)
"All About Him (forget us)"
Passage: John 3:30 KJV
"He must increase, but I must decrease."
We live in an "it's all about me" society that lives for the extra dollar. For teens, it may be popularity at school or getting that nice car or new cellphone. There's nothing wrong with these things, but a lot of times we get so caught up with gain and sorta put Jesus on the back shelf. That's no way to live life-it's just a fairytale that we dream about and hope to live. During the time that John wrote this, many came to believe that he was the Messiah. But no, he was a messanger to warn and let them know who the Messiah was and that He would soon come. So John is saying here that we need to rank Jesus #1 in our life and put our focus on Him. We need to be humble and put Jesus on the pedalstool, so to speak. Our motives and actions should be centered around Him, and directed by Him, and not our wants or desires. To have this happen, we MUST get rid of the selfish pride and say "Jesus, not mine will, but Thine be done." We need to keep shrinking until it's none of us, and ALL about Him; for without Him we are NOTHING. Everything should all about and for Him, as we began to forget ourselves. When this happens, our eyes will be opened to the turmoil and hurt surrounding us, and then we'll be given a chance to make a difference. But this will only happen when it's all about Him and none about you.