Daily Devotional for May 20
Jesus was truly free. His freedom was rooted in his spiritual awareness that he was the Beloved Child of God. He knew in the depth of his being that he belonged to God before he was born, that he was sent into the world to proclaim God’s love, and that he would return to God after his mission was fulfilled. This knowledge gave him the freedom to speak and act without having to please the world and the power to respond to people’s pains with the healing love of God. That’s why the Gospels say, “Everyone in the crowd was trying to touch him because power came out of him that cured them all" (Luke 6:19).
Scripture: Luke 6:17-26
Prayer: Lord, I desire to be free, but this kind of freedom feels, at times, like stepping off a cliff. This world has a hold on me, and my shallow understanding of your love does not free me from its hold. I still want to please others, I find myself working for the rewards of this world, instead of your love and promises. Through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in me, help me to take in your love to the depths of my beingg; to constantly be reminded of my mission and purpose in this life; and to reject the enticements of the world. Amen.