40 Days of Compassion - Day 8 - The Fulfilled Life

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart
Mark 12:30-31 is our verse of the year and we want to learn it. Write it out here.

"Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?"  Matthew 16:24-26

Empty! That’s what we feel when our lives are not rightly connected to God and His purposes. We may be busy. We might have been entertained. But at the end of the day, earthly pursuits and dreams don’t fulfill, even though they take much of our time and energy. Ultimately, it’s our relationships that make life fulfilling – our relationship with God and our relationships with people.

Apply God’s Word to your life.
· Ask the Holy Spirit to examine your life.
· What empty pursuits keep your relationship with God from being more fulfilling?
· What one thing will you do today to develop your relationship with God?
· What will you do to cultivate deeper relationships in your life?

Father, thank you that You fill my empty heart and make me whole. I confess that too many times I fill my days with empty pursuits. Teach me how to love You so that at the end of my life, I have no regrets. Help me apply your Word to my relationships. I am looking forward to the fulfillment it brings. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord."  Philippians 3:8a

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  Matthew 6:33

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."  John 10:10

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