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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