Jesus not only loves us as we are and where we are but also loves us forward. From the lives we’re leading at the moment to the lives we’re called to lead, Jesus loves us too much to leave us where we are. In Jesus’ eyes, we are not, at our core, sinners—though we do sin. For this reason, Jesus often spends time with people who others call “sinners.” Whereas others only see people through the lens of what they’ve done and where they’ve been, Jesus sees who they are, where they’ve been, and who they were created to be. Jesus sees us as we were created to be, and his call to follow him is nothing less than a call to become our truest selves—who we were made to be.
—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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Jesus called the Twelve together and he gave them power and authority over all demons and to heal sicknesses. He sent them out to proclaim God’s kingdom and to heal the sick.
—Luke 9:1-2 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Give me the patience, focus, and strength to pause, listen, and reflect on what you ask of me. What do you ask of me today?
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