Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/10/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Valentine UMC
Great West District
Maywood UMC
Wallace UMC
Great West District
Palisade UMC
Wauneta, NE UMC
Great West District
Assistant Professor
Seattle Pacific University
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 14:1-14 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

Today's Devotional

This passage, and particularly this verse is a reminder for us to demonstrate the love of Jesus by our actions, and only use words when necessary.  John Wesley called for a holiness of heart and life.  He saw the possibility of having a heart so all-flaming with the love of God that it would be continually offering up every thought, word, and work as spiritual sacrifice, acceptable to God through Christ.  I think it is exciting to think that in this season of our lives, we can fan the flame about the unconditional love of God, expand the flame to BE the church, shine brighter with the actions of Christ, and share our flame with those around us daily. 

Greater works!  That excites me to know that Jesus has given you and me that authority!
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator

Prayer for Reflection

Holy Spirit, excite us so that we will join the movement to Your works in a world that is searching and hurting.  May we be the flame that sows the seed of Your grace.  Amen.


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