Devotional – Dear Future-Self

 

Right before Jesus left earth, He told His followers to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit. They waited for 10 days. I wonder what was going through their hearts and minds as they prayed and waited?  Here’s a creative guess, from a page in Peter’s journal. (Probably the only entry, since I bet he wasn’t the journaling type).

Dear Future-Self:

How are you? It’s hard to even imagine, because life seems to be constantly changing these days. Well, let’s be honest. Life hasn’t stopped changing since Jesus showed up. You were minding your own business—literally, mending your dad’s fishing nets—and you heard His voice. And everything in you knew this was it. This was “the call.” You knew your parents would think you were crazy, but at least your brother Andrew was along for the ride.

Since that moment, you’ve walked many miles, witnessed miracles, and listened to wisdom from God on earth! In fact, you had plenty of good talks with Jesus, and He even sent you out to try your hand at preaching and miracle-working long before you felt you were ready. But the experience taught you a lot—mostly, how much you needed Him and the Spirit He talked about.

Yes, there was never a dull moment with Jesus. Whether walking on the water with Him or letting Him wash your feet, He was always full of surprises. But you were truly shocked that moment He predicted your greatest fall—the denial. You thought you knew yourself, but you didn’t. Your pride was greater than your dependence on Him. It was the hardest, most devastating lesson you would ever learn, but you still haven’t forgotten, have you? Not because of your guilt, but because of His grace. Jesus made it clear that He forgave you; that you still belong to Him.

The darkest of the unexpected was the day He died. He let them kill Him. And yet, the brightest hope crushed the darkness a few days later when He came back to life! It changed everything—again. I’m just starting to figure out how, but it’s not just about changing my life—but the future of the whole world.

Now it’s time for something new. Jesus left, and said to wait in Jerusalem for His Spirit. We don’t know exactly what that will look like. We think we’ve already seen Jesus at work; we’ve already shared His work and His words with others in the last few years. But somehow, Future-Self, I have a feeling we’re just getting started.

I don’t know where you’ll be this time next year, but I pray you’re still walking with Jesus. I hope you’re still telling your favorite stories about Him, and living out the grace and forgiveness He showed you. I hope you’re fully engaged in the next awesome adventure that this Holy Spirit is about to open up, and that you never stop praying for more. May you have courage to pray down the enemy, not just defensively, but offensively. Take down the devil’s gates in the name of Jesus, just like He told you to.

Yes, change is always ahead. But the best is yet to come if you keep following Jesus.

Yours truly,

Simon Peter

It’s your turn. Take some time to remember how God has led you in the last year and write a letter to your future self. Ask someone to email/mail it to you six months from now to remind you of where you’ve been and where you want to be with Jesus’ help.

 

*Once or twice a month, we send out a short devotional to our volunteers.  This was written by Andrea Keele, and was sent to our volunteers on May 4, 2016.

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