In Jesus Only

In Daily Devotional by Chad Bird

Theme of the Week: The Good News That God Doesn’t Believe In You

Bible Verse: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9, ESV

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-24

In Jesus only do we become the people we were created to be. The Father’s children. His holy family. There is the good life, for we become part of the body of the good and gracious Savior. Every “thou shalt” ends in him. He is the end of little-l laws and big-L laws. When we are in Jesus, no law can accuse us any more than it can accuse Christ. Here is the freedom found in being loved—unconditionally, unceasingly, by the God whose grace covers every single flaw we have.

In Jesus only we fail to believe in the pseudo-god who believes in us. Instead, we believe in the God who is crazy over us. Who can’t lavish enough love upon us. Who is head-over-heels for his children. Gone is all this ego-talk of self-this and self-that. Here to stay is the Jesus-talk of forgiveness, mercy, new creation, and abundant life.

The good news for all of us who, like Nebuchadnezzar, lose ourselves and find God in failure is that God will never lose us. Never fail us. Instead, he’ll keep right on rejoicing over us, laughing in love over the children who mean more to him than anything else in heaven and earth.


Excerpted from Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life by Chad Bird, Copyright 2019, Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, used by permission.
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About
Chad Bird
Chad Bird is a Scholar in Residence at 1517. He has served as a pastor, professor, and guest lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew. He holds master’s degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. He has contributed articles to Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Modern Reformation, The Federalist, Lutheran Forum, and other journals and websites.
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Chad Bird
Chad Bird is a Scholar in Residence at 1517. He has served as a pastor, professor, and guest lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew. He holds master’s degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. He has contributed articles to Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Modern Reformation, The Federalist, Lutheran Forum, and other journals and websites.