The first thing on my mind when I woke up was snoozing my alarm. Then I checked to make sure I did not over-sleep, followed by a check of missed calls/messages from wifey, family, and friends.
Then I ran through the gamut of tasks for the day: make coffee, Bible study, write, plan, tweet, post, schedule – all before I stepped out of bed.
What was I worshipping as my greatest needs in those moments?:
- Rest and comfort as I snoozed
- Self-seeking affirmation from others for communicating well
- Self-seeking affirmation from others for my promptness
- Hope in my routines
- Security in my job
How does the gospel tether me to a better hope than the gravitational pull of sin?
- Instead of finding rest and comfort in extra sleep, God calls me to a greater rest and a grander purpose for the day. I am invited to get to know more of him and he delights to show himself to me (Psalm 62:7–8).
- Whether I am praised or dismissed for poor communication skills, the communication I need most is God speaking to me through his word (Psalm 85:8; Romans 10:17).
- God already affirmed me as his son before I was on time or late to my next appointment (Romans 8:29–30).
- My routines are small in comparison to the way God was maintaining the universe by the power of his word while I was sleep (Hebrews 1:3).
- My greatest security is already obtained. I have been saved from my sin and the depths of hell by the power of God for salvation – the gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16; Philippians 1:6).
My greatest need every morning is the hope of the gospel.