Editor’s note: This week’s devotion comes from Blueprints for Life, a pocket-sized devotion book for men. With a theme Bible verse of 1 Corinthians 3:11, the quick messages encourage men to find their foundation and support in the triune God. Don’t forget—CTA offers a variety of FREE resources to help you as you use the Blueprints for Life products in your ministry.

Using permanent markers on a whiteboard can be an irreversible error. Whiteboards are designed to record information temporarily. We wipe them clean before the next meeting. Permanent markers are designed for inscribing text forever, enduring text that cannot be undone or removed. Permanent markers emblazon whiteboards with permanent text.

Life is a lot like a whiteboard. Decades of work, of ideas, of creativity and effort, can be wiped away in a moment. You may labor for a lifetime, and then lose it all overnight. A new boss comes on board. A new person enters your spouse’s life—and steals her heart. A child runs away or lies in a coma after a drug overdose. And even when none of these things happen, death lurks constantly close at hand, threatening to erase life in an instant.

God’s love for you, however, is indelible. Though you live in a temporary world, your Lord has permanently inked your name in his Book of Life. In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you have an inheritance in heaven no one can take away. Nothing can erase or corrode or destroy God’s plan to bless and support you.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8 ESV).

Put this message into action—use a permanent marker to write the words of Hebrews 13:8 on the back of something temporary like one of your business cards. Jobs will come and go but the perfect love of Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Prayer Starter: Holy Lord, you have permanently inscribed my life onto your blueprints of blessing . . .

 

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