Posted by: Bob Clark | July 1, 2008

The Next Day

“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God'” (John 1:35-36)!

“The next day.” For some reason, these words just seemed to jump off the page at me today. I see them in John 1:29. Then there they are again in John 1:35.

As I meditate on these words three things keep tugging at my heart.

First, I am struck by John’s consistency. In verse 29 John sees Jesus and says “Look, the Lamb of God.” “The next day,” in verses 35-36, John sees Jesus and says, “Look the Lamb of God!” John had what I need, next day-consistency.

Second, walking with Jesus is done in a day-by-day fashion. God’s mercies are new every morning. The challenges and the opportunities change from day to day. With Jesus, life is lived one day at a time. You walk with God one day, and then there is “the next day.” Walk with God one day, then the next day, and before you know it, you see a godly lifestyle emerge.

Third, when I read these words I start hearing the lyrics of a song from the Godspell Soundtrack which happens to be one of my favorite prayers.

Day by day
Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day

God,
Help me with three things on a daily basis —
To see you more clearly
To love you more dearly
To follow you more nearly
In Jesus’ name,
AMEN.

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