Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/5/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Curtis First UMC
Garden Prairie UMC
Great West District
Elsie UMC
Madrid UMC
Great West District
Gering First UMC
Great West District
Gordon First UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Acts 5:1-11 

But a man named Ananias, with the consent of his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property; with his wife’s knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. “Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, were not the proceeds at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You did not lie to us but to God!” Now when Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard of it. The young men came and wrapped up his body, then carried him out and buried him.

After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you and your husband sold the land for such and such a price.” And she said, “Yes, that was the price.” Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, so they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear seized the whole church and all who heard of these things.

Today's Devotional

Why is this story included in the story of the early church? As Disciples of Jesus Christ there is no holding back, no plan B, and no room for turning your back on those with whom you journey in faith. Every time we hold back and pretend to participate in the full mission of the church a piece of us dies. This is true for individuals and for entire congregations. It is very hard to fully live an abundant life in Christ when your hands are full of things you will not share. This holding on limits your capacity to take in the Holy Spirit and it limits your capacity to reach out in love to others.

- Reflection from Linda Caldwell

Prayer for Reflection

For the Spirit to guide your every action so that you might shine forth God’s truths more brightly.

All excerpts from “Catch the Fire in 50 Days: Joining the Movement of God’s Mission in the World”  by Blake Busick and Christie Latona.


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