Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/19/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Lami Oladimeji
Crawford First UMC
Harrison Memorial UMC
Whitney Warring Memorial UMC
Great West District
Alisa Parde
Culbertson Trinity UMC
Trenton First UMC
Great West District
Tim McCrary
Curtis First UMC
Garden Prairie UMC
Great West District
Joey Flores III
Elsie UMC
Madrid UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

 John 3:5

Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
 

Today's Devotional

While we often focus on John 3:16 in this part of scripture, I would like to focus on this verse for a moment. When we are ‘born of water’ which can be interpreted as being born naturally, referring to the amniotic fluid of the mother, we enter life. We weren’t alive and then we were alive. This closely parallels being born of the Holy Spirit. We are given new life, spiritual life, which we didn’t have before. We are made new, recreated, washed clean.

As a result of this new birth, we become more aware of spiritual things, and we begin to see the world more and more as God sees the world. It is by the act of the Holy Spirit ‘birthing us’ into spiritual life that we become fully alive and enter into relationship with God. That is an amazing experience and continues to be meaningful and fulfilling as we continue to follow Jesus throughout our lives.

As you share with the folks you encounter each day about various aspects of your life, include your experience of spiritual life in Christ and your faith journey as well. We don’t want to hoard or hide this amazing experience but share it so others can experience it too, if they wish. When we share our faith story, our Good News, others get to hear how God changes our life and connects with us. Faith comes by hearing.
 
-A.G. Turner
Pastor
Holton First UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Holy Spirit, thank you for birthing us into new life in you! Please open our eyes to opportunities to share our Good News so others may come to know you and find new life through you too. Amen.

 

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