E-votional - Cause & Effect
April 4, 2002

"But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. "

John 20:31 (NRSV)


   Because. Things happen in the world because. We do things because. I tell a joke because I hope to make someone laugh. Because I love my daughter I show her affection. Because we have an insensitive moment we hurt another. I eat because I am hungry. We minister to others because God has called us to do this. I have a relationship because Christ is in my life. I write these and share these because.  Life is filled with because.

   Hear the Good News, Christ is a part of our lives because someone has opened our hearts to his presence. Because is everywhere in the world. God loves us so much that he sent Christ here. God's presence and self-revelation to us is here because He loves us. The great because in the world? The Bible. It is here because God wants to open our eyes to His presence and love. It tells of Jesus, God's passion and self-revelation to the world. The Kingdom of God? We are told it is here, within you, around you. All of this because, because of Jesus, have a full and vibrant relationship with God.


   Gracious God, because You love me, You tell me Your story. You have opened my life up to experience life more abundantly. Let me share Your story with others. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.