Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/1/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Jimmy Yoo
Neosho Falls UMC
Yates Center UMC
Five Rivers District
Jeff Kelley
McCook Memorial UMC
Great West District
Brenda McGuire
McCook Memorial UMC
Great West District
Joe Schumacher
Henry-Lyman UMC
Mitchell UMC
Morrill First UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

1 Timothy 6:6-19 

Actually, godliness is a great source of profit when it is combined with being happy with what you already have. We didn’t bring anything into the world and so we can’t take anything out of it: we’ll be happy with food and clothing. But people who are trying to get rich fall into temptation. They are trapped by many stupid and harmful passions that plunge people into ruin and destruction. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some have wandered away from the faith and have impaled themselves with a lot of pain because they made money their goal.

But as for you, man of God, run away from all these things. Instead, pursue righteousness, holy living, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness. Compete in the good fight of faith. Grab hold of eternal life—you were called to it, and you made a good confession of it in the presence of many witnesses. I command you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and Christ Jesus, who made the good confession when testifying before Pontius Pilate. Obey this order without fault or failure until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. The timing of this appearance is revealed by God alone, who is the blessed and only master, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He alone has immortality and lives in light that no one can come near. No human being has ever seen or is able to see him. Honor and eternal power belong to him. Amen.

Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.

Today's Devotional

One look at the local, national or world news and we get the picture that individuals are not living a life described by this passage of Scripture. We see greed, selfishness, hate, anger, and lack of human respect for one another. The God who is creating us, sustaining us and loves unconditionally is the same God who desires for us to walk a faithful, humble and just life.

The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. some have wandered away from the faith and have impaled themselves with a lot of pain because they have made money their goal. v. 10 While there is nothing wrong with having money and nice things, it becomes too much when the desire becomes for more and more! I watched people in my life run after making more money, so they could have a bigger house in a high scale neighborhood or drive the newest car with all the latest thrills as part of the package. The push for more and more created havoc and all these people could ever focus on was the drive for success.

I have also witnessed people who have wealth and who were the salt of the earth. While they lived in nice homes, they were comfortable and not overly done. They gave beyond their tithe to the church. They used their wealth to be quiet disciples and help grow the Kingdom of God. While they had the money, it did not drive them into a life of more and bigger and better. They did not forget their first love, God, and they lived a life that was faithful and righteous.

When our souls are not grounded in our first love, God, it becomes easier for the other things in life to become our focus and our desire. But as for you, man (Timothy) of God, run away from all these things. v. 11a. The words from Scripture still echo loudly today – people of God run away from the things of and in the world! Stop trying to one up everyone else! Stop putting all of your time and effort into pleasing this temporary world! Stop your greed, selfishness, hate, anger, and lack of human respect for one another – just STOP IT!
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator

htapley@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved You with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done Your will, we have broken Your law, we have rebelled against Your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (The United Methodist Hymnal, Word and Table: Service 1)
 

 

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