Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/23/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Greg Lindenberger
Hastings First UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Oscar Perez
Christo Poder de dios
Hastings Grace UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Kent Rogers
Hastings Grace UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Lee Wigert
Holstein Grace UMC
Juniata UMC
Kenesaw UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Galatians 3:23-29 

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

Today's Devotional

This passage of scripture has two primary points that stand out to most readers. First that we are no longer imprisoned by the law to maintain our justification, but that we have been freed by our faith in Jesus and that that faith is sufficient justification to be found righteous by God. Second, it is by this justifying faith that we are clothed in Christ, and therefore part of the Holy Family as adopted children, or heirs, to God’s promises. However, verse 28, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus,” is the line that speaks to me as I write.

I was shopping yesterday and it apparently was a great idea because the store was crowded. I got in a circuit as I traveled aisle-to-aisle filling my cart with things on my list, and on this same circuit was an elderly lady in one of those drive-around carts. She was in no hurry at all as she drove, perpetually in the way of an item that I needed, or backing the cart up so the store was filled with the obnoxious music of the cart’s reversing alarm. I admit I was frustrated, trying to get the chore over with so that I could make it home to help cook and see my family. The next aisle, I saw that the lady wore a cross necklace and I was reminded that she and I both belonged to Christ, and therefore we were siblings by faith. Instead of being frustrated with a fellow shopper, I took the extra time (the extra time that the shopping trip was obviously going to take anyway) and met my sister in Christ there in the store.
It doesn’t have to be this lady. It could be that driver that cuts you off in traffic, or the politician you don’t agree with, or the smoker standing right outside the door of the store, or fill-in-the-blank with whoever it is that frustrates you. I’ve got great news for you: JESUS LOVES THEM! He’s crazy about them! One of His favorite things about them is the fact that they don’t do all the stuff you do. Jesus loves a wondrous variety! Jesus loves the slow driver and the fast. Jesus loves the smoker and the nonsmoker. Jesus loves the Republican and the Democrat. Regardless of age, or wealth, or health, or color, or creed, or whatever makes us different from each other, He loves us all … to death.
-Trent Tatman
Coffeyville Trinity UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful for Your amazing love and grace, none of which we deserve. Help us to see every one of Your children as our brothers and sisters, worthy of our time, consideration, love, respect, and prayers. Your son, Jesus Christ, set the perfect example for us in this regard, and it is in His awesome name that we offer our prayers to You. AMEN.


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