Devotion for Thursday, December 14, 2023

“And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Revelation 21:14).

The Lord is deliberate about what He does.  He called each of the apostles by name.  The twelfth was replaced.  Twelve names, representing all people.  We are not all the same.  Similar in our humanity, unique in our character and abilities, yet all one in Christ.  Let the unity and diversity be true, as far as it concerns you in the fellowship of which you are a part.  The foundation of the church are the people who are the bride of Christ.

Lord, I often become so wrapped up in the physicality of things that I forget that the church is the people.  What difference does it make whether it is a big, beautiful building or a warehouse?  You are gathering from amongst all people those who are Yours.  Help me to be connected in the foundation of Your church.  Help me to be a part of where You have placed me and guide me on the narrow path of faith.

Lord Jesus, through the water of repentance and in the promise of my baptism, You have called me to be faithful.  I am who I am and You are making me to be a child of the Heavenly Father.  Lead me, Lord, in the way of everlasting life and remove all hindrances.  I am a part of where You have placed me.  Help me to be consistent and true to the life that You have called me to live.  Guide me in the way of everlasting life.  Amen.