About the Book
The 100 Day Vocabulary Word Devotional combines expanding your vocabulary knowledge with words that aren’t commonplace along with learning a verse or passage from the Bible that has the definition of those new vocabulary words in it. Then, with the new word and verse or passage of Scripture for the day, you’ll get a daily devotional based on that topic. At the end of each daily devotional, you’ll get the “Bottom Line for the Day.” The “Bottom Line for the Day” wraps up the entire daily devotional into specific takeaways for you to apply for that day, and really for a lifetime.
The 100 Day Vocabulary Devotional combines these aspects for a challenging, yet inspirational message in order to facilitate self-reflection. You’ll appreciate the combination of gaining knowledge and finding personal insight as you navigate the Scriptures, devotions, and applications.
Word for the Day:
acedia [uh–see-dee-uh] noun
- sloth. Compare deadly sins
- laziness or indifference in religious matters.
acedia. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/acedia (accessed: January 4, 2017).
The concept of this word includes being apathetic, bored, or lazy.
Scripture for the Day:
Matthew 22:34-40 (NASB95)
34 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. 35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Devotion for the Day:
In this Scripture, the lawyer asking Jesus the question thought he could trip up Jesus by what would appear to be a difficult question from a worldly, non-spiritual perspective. In this instance, as well as all instances in Scripture where Jesus was “challenged” with questions by the religious leaders of the day, Jesus blew them away with His answer. Jesus’ answer about the greatest commandment is where we will focus our devotion today. The thrust of Jesus response to the Pharisees and the lawyer was to be passionate, excited, invigorated, fervent, zealous, and fired up about God. In Jesus’ answer, He indicates that the love for God should come from our heart, soul, and mind; every facet of our being. From within our deepest parts we should have a love for God that surpasses the love for anything or anybody else in our life. The love for God that Jesus is laying out certainly surpasses more than just mental assent or an acknowledgement of the existence of God. This love should be a devotion or aspiration in our lives that we want to follow God, we need to follow God, and we have to follow God in spite of anything else that goes on in our daily activities.
My challenge for you today is, if your heart has grown cold towards God, to build a fire for and toward Him. Or, if your heart has become simply warm (and not hot) toward God, fan the dying flames for Him into a roaring fire.
Bottom Line for the Day:
Don’t allow acedia (apathy or boredom) to set in toward God. Other words to describe acedia could be indifference, unconcern, or disinterest. Set your heart, soul, and mind to follow Jesus Christ fully in order to shed the acedia.
About the Author
Alan Balmer earned a B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministries from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri and a B.A. degree in Accounting from The University of Missouri-Columbia. Balmer has served in a variety of roles in the local church from Associate Pastor to other numerous volunteer ministry roles.
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