Thursday, October 12, 2017
Today’s devotional is written by Lori Steinkamp Lassen. She is our only daughter, who has been married to her husband, Scott for 22 years. Lori is the mother of four children, and has worked with the ministry for many years. May her devotional deepen your spiritual walk with the Lord. – Charlyne

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.  Psalm 34:8
My twins, Kyle and Kayla, are in their freshman year of college. They moved 870 miles away and are learning how to live life on their own. As they prepare to come home for Fall break, I have been asking them what they want to eat when they get here.
Several times a week a random meal request will be texted to me. It typically comes with no warning. Instead of “Good morning” texts, I am getting menu requests sent to me.

When those messages come in, I realize at that moment, my requesting child is probably hungry for some of their momma’s food.
When we are physically hungry, we desire food. We crave food, but do we crave Jesus as much? Are you hungering for God? Are you desperate for His touch in your life?
Our Christian walk is not about a list of do’s and don’ts. It is about a life surrendered to Christ. It is about a life that has growth. Jesus is in the same place today that He was on the day you asked Him to be Lord of your life. If you do not feel a closeness with Him, that is not because He moved.
My husband and I have been ministering to a friend we met at a local restaurant. We have eaten at this restaurant for years, and because of our frequent visits, we started getting to know the staff. As our friend, Phil, began attending church with us. He he had many questions. Scott and I bought him a Bible and a book about the basics of Christianity. He started digging in. He had never been in a church. From the offering to communion, he would constantly lean over and ask, “What’s this all about?”
Phil has not committed to Christ yet. One of the things he is struggling with is wrapping his mind around how Jesus could forgive him for the past he has lived. He cannot understand how the shed blood of Christ, took care of his sin.
We share with Phil that we are holy because Christ made us holy. We do not need to earn our way into Heaven. The cross took care of that. It is not about how bad he was.
One of the things we have shared with our friend is that the Christian life is not about the things he is giving up, but about the things he will now hunger for because he has a personal relationship with Jesus.
Does a personal relationship with Jesus mean we will no longer desire the things the world has to offer? No way! However, it means that we want to please God by choosing His best.
So, what do you want more of today?
Do you want your marriage restored or more of Jesus?
Do you want a child or more of Jesus?
Maybe something else is competing for the spot that Jesus should have?
What are you hungry for today? Are you hungry for revenge? Are you hungry for justification?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Matthew 5:6
Jesus wants us to fall at His feet and enjoy what He has to offer. He is the best option! He is ever greater than your marriage being restored!
Hungering for restoration is not bad, but is it taking the place of Jesus? Is that more important than your obedience or relationship with Christ?
When Kayla and Kyle come home for their college break, I will feed them and fulfill some of their food requests. I also have a few other ideas in mind that I know they will enjoy, but they haven’t asked for yet.
Our relationship with Jesus is like that! He has so much in store for us. More than we can ever imagine. He just wants us to long for Him and what He has to offer. He wants our obedience and desire to be to follow Him, even when we don’t understand His ways.
When you get to that place, you realize that we have access to the greatest reward! We have the greatest feast available. Instead of running around looking for other things that will satisfy, we can draw from the Living Water!

Lord, help us hunger for more of You!
God bless,

Lori Steinkamp Lassen
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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