Coram Deo

May 13-14, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 19:16-30

Self-awareness of spiritual poverty is not a 21st century phenomena. In the days before the betrayal, arrest and sentencing of Jesus, a person-standing Coram Deo, “In the presence of God” asked,What do I still lack?” (Matthew 19:20). 

If you are willing, in this 21st century season just a few weeks after Resurrection Sunday, each disciple may ask of the Risen Christ, “What do I still lack?” The setting in which this question was first asked arrives in today’s Scripture.

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The first asking of this question occurred as a wealthy young man encountered Jesus. His was the apparent self-satisfaction of Law-keeping coupled with a religious appearance. “What do I still lack?

Jesus’ response was personal. Jesus’ response penetrated the soul—cutting like a sharpened two-edged sword.  Please read it for yourself. If I am willing, Coram Deo in the presence of God, I may also ask: “What do I still lack?”

While we rushed toward Resurrection Sunday on April 17, 2022 there was an earlier walk, a first century walk on the Via Dolorosa.  The cross was carried. Wounds dripped blood onto stones. The sure footsteps of Jesus made the walk certain—Coram Deo.

Life Application Questions

What would prompt you to ask the question?

A disciple’s self-examination is wisely counseled by at least two New Testament writers. See: 2 Corinthians 13:5; 2 Peter 1:10-11.

What would your response be if in asking, God made it clear to you about a direction or instruction for your life?

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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