Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/25/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Elias Mukindia
Palisade UMC
Wauneta, NE UMC
Great West District
Dena Davis
Administrative Assistant
Wichita East District
Wichita West District
Ann Manske
Administrative Assistant
Wichita East District
Wichita West District
Mitch Reece
District Superintendent
Wichita East District
Wichita West District

Today's Lectionary Text

2 Corinthians 8:1-7

We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints— and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us, so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you. Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.

Today's Devotional

I worked at a church in Chicago which had a small feeding ministry. Every Tuesday we welcomed anyone who was in search of a meal into the sanctuary. Instead of pews or chairs for worship, there were tables set up where our guests would wait to be served. Volunteers would serve the guests as they sat and enjoyed their meal.

There was one man I’d frequently see at our little church diner. He would be so excited to be there, always taking home the bulletins from the previous week’s worship service and asking what he could do for the church. What amazed me was when he gave our pastor $5 for the church. Five dollars is by no means millions and would not keep the church out of financial ruin. Five dollars is what I spend almost every day on coffee. But for him, $5 was quite a bit, and he chose to give it to the church.

ow I don’t think the writer of Corinthians would want this text to be understood as a way to justify people living in poverty. If anything, it should simply make us aware and ask the question: are we living generously? Are we giving up our daily coffee or giving up the means we must ensure others experience the love and compassion of God? Do we make sure all people in our communities can access the resources they need, or do we tightly hold on, unwilling to give up a little so others can experience the same abundant life?

May we know God our creator desires for our generosity to overflow and our joy to be what brings about new life in creation. Even if it is only $5, may it be given with the intention of love.
-Maddi Baugous
Pastoral Intern
First United Methodist Omaha

maddi.baugous@fumcomaha.org

Prayer for Reflection

Generous God, you’ve given us so many blessings. May we be people who are open to sharing our resources to bring about your wonderous new creation. Together we pray. Amen.
 

 

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