Filling Jerry Cans

Michelle Christy

Read: John 4:1-30 Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. (v. 14) One of my first mornings in Kayunga, Uganda, I awaken to the sound of a mob gathering around the town well. Women and children jockey with their plastic yellow jerry cans for a place in line. Jerry cans hold the source and sustainer of life—water! Kayunga has a working well, but not always. Water from a lesser source is better …

Devotion Declared

Michelle Christy

Read: John 12:1-7 Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. (v. 7) When Grandpa’s health rapidly declined, Grandma lobbied for a hospital bed in their bedroom. She insisted on keeping him home. Hospice assisted. Every night Grandma crawled into that bed with him. When others their age slept in separate beds, they shared a bed. This was no different. Grandma refused to forgo the opportunity to honor Grandpa still, with wholehearted devotion …

One Thing Needed

Michelle Christy

Read: Luke 10:38-42 . . . but one thing is necessary. (v. 42) I had three “littles” running under my feet, a spouse traveling out of town for the week, and a women’s retreat to speak at. I battled distraction and desperation. I begged God for clarity. His response, “Come and sit with me.” “Sit?” I asked. I reasoned why that would not be helpful. Relenting, I moved from my desk to the floor, down on my knees. What happened …

The Advocate

Michelle Christy

Read: John 8:1-11 Neither do I condemn you . . . (v. 11) My sin-filled failure feels like a slap in the face, yet I hear my Bible study leader’s words, “If it feels like a slap in the face, it is not God.” We discuss the difference between condemnation and conviction. The leader’s words bring me comfort and grace. The shame of sin drives me hard, twisting the Spirit’s conviction into condemnation. Yet God’s Word says, “There is therefore …

Forgiven Much Loves Much

Michelle Christy

Read: Luke 7:36-50 Her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. (v. 47) She bursts eagerly through the sanctuary doors straight up to the front. With disheveled dress, the woman falls to her knees. She worships with her head up, arms high and wide. For those of us coiffed and composed in the pews, the reckless worshiper pushes the boundaries. Her loving worship exposes our heart’s judgment and spirit’s lack. Quickly our conviction turns into her condemnation. When …

Freedom

Michelle Christy

Read: Luke 13:10-17 Woman, you are freed . . . (v. 12) Braveheart is one of my favorite movies. Pursuant to Scotland’s freedom, Sir William Wallace and his ragamuffin compatriots battle the English monarchy. They insist that Scotland belongs under English rule. In the last scene, Wallace, bound on a cross-like table, refuses mercy, and accepts freedom’s cost—death. Before the executioner’s axe is raised, Wallace screams, “Freedom!” Wallace’s cry echoes Christ’s mission—“For freedom Christ has set us free” (Gal. 5:1). …