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The Upper Room Devotional 24 June 2024: Improving with Time

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The Upper Room Devotional 24 June 2024: Improving with Time

Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for June 23rd, 2024 Message. God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.

Today’s Topic: Improving with Time
Wayne Brent (Texas, USA)

TODAY’S READING
Ephesians 4:7-16

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
As I mature in my faith, I open up to God’s presence and influence in my life.

The Upper Room Devotional 24 June 2024 Message:

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; look, new things have come into being! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSVUE)

Recently I considered replacing my 40-year-old acoustic guitar with a newer model. However, after trying out many guitars, I found that my old guitar produced warm and pleasing tones that sounded much better than the new guitars. I chose to have my old guitar worked on by a guitar technician instead. The technician said that old wood makes a richer and more pleasant sound because as an instrument ages, the wood dries out and the sap loosens from its grain, allowing vibrations to move more freely through the instrument. My guitar’s wood has gradually become less and less like it was when the guitar was new. Over time it has become a new creation — a new form of what it was.

As growing Christians, I think we change in a similar way. Over time as we absorb God’s word and follow God’s guidance, we become less like our former selves and transform into new creations. As our faith matures and changes, God’s influence is able to move more freely within us. And in time, we can produce more beautiful “music” because we are living more harmoniously with God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Loving God, help us accept the ways you have made each of us wonderful and unique. Give us wisdom as we grow in faith and become new creations in you. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
New Christians

The Upper Room Devotional 24 June 2024: Improving with Time

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