Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/12/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Don Hasty
District Superintendent
Dodge City District
Hays District
Kelsey Boster
Administrative Assistant
Dodge City District
Hays District
Jim Godbey
Center for Clergy & Congregational Care
Dodge City District
Rick Branson
Ashland, KS UMC
Protection UMC
Dodge City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Mark 15:11

But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus.

Today's Devotional

As a leader, are we accepting responsibility and rejecting passivity? These two activities are two main components of active leadership. Often times we can relate problems and consequences that occur directly because we fail to address them.

As a leader, are we accepting responsibility and rejecting passivity? These two activities are two main components of active leadership. Often times we can relate problems and consequences that occur directly because we fail to address them. What is occurring in your sphere of influence that you are tolerating? It might be reasonable to expect long term value is suffering because of it. What’s the first thing that you can do about it in the next seven days?
 
Doing what’s right sometimes in down right fearful. It can cause you to run and hide and pretend that the challenge isn’t there. But the challenge is always there. We read, “But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus.” Mark 15:11 NLT. The formal leaders have conspired against Christ but only a few weeks and days earlier, Jesus had been in front of thousands offering them hope. We don’t read about the masses standing up for Jesus. What’s relevant is would you stand up for him? Jesus calls us to grow as his disciples. What are you tolerating in your faith? Rejecting passivity sometimes requires us to stand up, look at our fears and in the name of Jesus, take action. Where can you reject passivity this week?
 
-Mark Queen
Manhattan First UMC
 

Prayer for Reflection

Let’s pray, Jesus, you showed us how to adjust, adapt and conquer fear. In you, we take comfort in the face of confrontation and complacency. Today, we ask for your encouragement to stop tolerating and come into relationship with one another. Guide us in your love as we reject passivity that allows us to grow apart. Open our hearts to accept responsibility. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen


 

 

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