Great Plains Daily Devotional for 1/11/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Kinsley UMC
Lewis UMC
Dodge City District
Garfield UMC
Larned: First UMC
Dodge City District
Leoti UMC
Dodge City District
Liberal First UMC
Dodge City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Acts 11:1-10 

Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven.

Today's Devotional

Over the last few weeks I have been noticing a theme in my meditations on Scriptures: God sending a message to people that completely changed their understanding of what they knew.  The Messiah didn’t come as a prince, but as a carpenter. The Messiah didn’t come to save the people from the Romans, but from sins. Jesus didn’t come to save only the Jews, but the magi from the East needed to know as well.  The Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Samaritans and eunuchs from Ethiopia. But here we see summarized the most surprising story of them all: God was including the Gentiles in the church.

I have been particularly struck by Peter’s declaration “If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?”  Maybe it’s just the season we as a church are concluding, but the idea of listening for God to give Grace in unexpected ways is something I have been increasingly focused on. I don’t know what will be decided next month; nor would I presume to be sole discerner of what they should do.  But I do know that God still speaks into the world and the church today. That lesson will not change regardless of what happens in St. Louis. And I know I will be listening for what God has to say.

-Pastor Michael Brown
Bucyrus UMC & Spring Hill UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Almighty God, who spoke to the earliest disciples through unexpected visits of the Spirit, speak to us we pray.  Guide us in our service to you so that we may continue to learn and move toward perfection. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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