Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/16/19

Today please be in prayer for

Aurora UMC
Bradshaw UMC
Phillips UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Aurora UMC
Bradshaw UMC
Phillips UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Beaver Crossing UMC
Ebenezer, NE UMC
Utica, NE UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Archer Zion UMC
Central City Fairview UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 5:1-5 

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained accessto this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Today's Devotional

Going to my grandparents’ house was such a treat when I was young. Everyone knows of the ability of grandparents to spoil their grandchildren. There was always amazing food. There were few limits to what we could get into or play with. Messes cleaned themselves without anyone nagging you to pick up. Generally speaking, it was awesome to get to hang out with adults that had set aside time just for us to do fun kid stuff. Yes, they were always WAY cooler than my folks.

Now that I’m older and have kids of my own, I realize the difference between parents and grandparents. The way my mother and father interact with my children is so foreign to me that I giggle to watch it. Also, all the aggravating things my parents said to and pulled on us that I said I’d never do if I had kids …totally doing it. It is their job to enjoy my kids. It’s my job to provide for and raise my kids. For now, they don’t have to like me; they have to mind me (which happens to be a direct quote from my mother during my upbringing). My parents don’t live in my home and see the trouble my kids get into. They don’t see the struggles we have at dinner to get them to eat their veggies or wonder why it takes a half-hour to brush their teeth and get to bed, or how they fight with each other over the smallest and most benign things. Of course, my folks know these things are going on; they raised two boys. However, regardless of the fighting and fussing and breaking things and skipping baths that my parents know is going on over at our house, my kids are perfect little angels in their eyes. In this way, I was also justified in the eyes of my own grandparents.
Justification in this passage of scripture is similar. It is when God declares righteous a sinner, though he is still sinning, because he or she has changed their mind about Jesus Christ and now believes. We still fuss and fight, break things, make messes, and skip baths. We are not justified because we have stopped sinning, or joined a church, or been baptized, or started to tithe. We are bestowed eternal life because we have faith and believe in Jesus. All we have to do is take the FREE gift Jesus is giving. All we have to do is believe, and we are washed in the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb. We are then justified in the eyes of our heavenly Father by our faith. How amazing is that grace? Let’s all boast about it to the end of the earth!
-Trent Tatman
Coffeyville Trinity UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Your grace is so immeasurable. We are so thankful for all our blessings and gifts, for we know how much more it is than what we deserve. Give us the opportunity today to boast about Your bountiful grace to someone who doesn’t know about the free gift given by Your magnificent son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. AMEN.


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