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Daily Devotional October 30, 2020
Song for Reflection - “Love God Love People” Danny Gokey ft. Michael W. Smith - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGvfagBOHJE
“When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).
What attitudes do we hold of others...are we moved to compassion for their lostness or willfully blind and negligently dismissive? Church, look around you...the majority of people you rub shoulders with today will not make it to heaven. I am afraid, however, that this truth will not be enough to move some of us out of our complacency and silence. Like the pictures of starving children in other lands, we have become immune and simply change the channel. We are quick to excuse our inaction. The amount we could do as individuals would amount to a drop in a bucket...too small to even measure.
But for anyone who has ever had a leaky pipe, you know firsthand how quickly a bucket can fill when the dripping is constant. A persistent drip has no difficulty overflowing a container set to catch the drops when there is enough of them on a consistent basis. Our prayers for those who don’t yet know God and our efforts to share the truth should be like a persistent dripping. It may not seem like much, but overtime will fill bucket after bucket. So you see, our ‘small’ influence is no excuse. But is that truth enough to encourage us to share, pray and allow God to interrupt our schedules for the sake of another?
Not unless we change our perspective. As long as we are consumed with our lives this side of heaven we will continue to struggle to maintain motivation to live out the Great Commission. However, keeping our own end-date in mind, keeps our urgency to share on high alert. As disciples of Jesus, we are to disciple others as we go about our daily routines–teaching what we have learned, baptizing those who believe our message. And because none of us knows how long we are granted to live on this earth, it is imperative that we take every opportunity to pray for those who do not have a relationship with God and speak with those who will listen.
Who will you pray for today? Family members? Friends? People at work? Kids at school? Make a list of all the people you know who do not have a relationship with God. Then get busy praying. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help them to recognize the truth of their need for God. Pray that you would have opportunities to share about your relationship with Jesus. Pray that you would have the words needed to explain the truth clearly. Pray that you would have the eyes of Jesus with the ability to recognize the lost condition of those around you and the compassion to do something about it.
~ Pastor Jane
Prayerful Fast: What have you chosen to fast from this week in order to spend more time with God? You are invited to share in the comments!
Verse: “Likewise the ______ helps us in our _________. For we do not know what to ______ for as we ought, but the Spirit himself _________for us with _______ too deep for words. And he who searches he______ knows what is the _______ of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the ________ according to the ______ of _______.” Romans 8:26-27 (Can you fill in the missing words for our theme verse?)
“Spirit Lead Me” Michael Ketterer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABWnLjXer10
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!