Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/26/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Roger Gillming
Bushnell Calvary UMC
Kimball Trinity UMC
Great West District
Bonnie McCord
Chadron UMC
Great West District
David Abbott
Chappell UMC
Lodgepole UMC
Great West District
Shirley Taylor
Clinton UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

2 Corinthians 8:8-15

I’m not giving an order, but by mentioning the commitment of others, I’m trying to prove the authenticity of your love also.  You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Although he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that you could become rich through his poverty. I’m giving you my opinion about this. It’s to your advantage to do this, since you not only started to do it last year but you wanted to do it too. Now finish the job as well so that you finish it with as much enthusiasm as you started, given what you can afford. A gift is appreciated because of what a person can afford, not because of what that person can’t afford, if it’s apparent that it’s done willingly. It isn’t that we want others to have financial ease and you financial difficulties, but it’s a matter of equality. At the present moment, your surplus can fill their deficit so that in the future their surplus can fill your deficit. In this way there is equality. As it is written, “The one who gathered more didn’t have too much, and the one who gathered less didn’t have too little.”

Today's Devotional

Paul is trying to show the mutual benefits of connections in ministry for Christ with this passage from his second letter to the church in Corinth. He is asking the church in south-central Greece to take up a collection for the struggling church in Jerusalem. His point is pretty simple: You can afford to help this group of fellow-believers, and should the day come that the roles are reversed, they can return the favor. Apparently, this was an effort the church at Corinth started — even enthusiastically — a year ago but failed to finish the work to make the gift a reality.
It’s a lesson in stewardship, but it’s also a lesson in follow-through, of keeping promises, of fulfilling a mission.

Paul expected the churches that could help to do so for the believers facing what he called a “deficit.” Today, we recognize that term to mean lack of income in relation to our expenses. But it also can mean a lack of resources, perhaps of talent or tools. And that’s where the United Methodist system has a real strength. While the bureaucracy can cause headaches at times — with our present impasse over human sexuality as an example — that structure also provides an avenue for resources to go from those who have them to those who do not, all for the sake of the mission.

When your church pays its mission shares it is living in connection by supporting ministries that range from disaster response to camps for children to campus ministries for young adults to scholarships for seminary students to grants for local churches to training opportunities.

Jesus left a majestic kingdom to come to earth for our sakes. He died for our sins while also showing us how to live in connection with one another. He gave all to show His commitment to all of us. This day, how will you show your commitment to Him?
   — Todd Seifert, director of communications

Prayer for Reflection

Gracious God, forgive us when we come to the table with a feeling of scarcity. We know you have provided an abundance. Help us to do as you have shown and taught, to live in connection with one another, to follow through on our commitments and to fulfill your mission for us on this earth. Amen.

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