Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/27/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Denise Sawyer
Lee Memorial Health System, Cape Coral F
Wichita East District
Adam Barlow-Thompson
Executive Director Neighboring Movement
Wichita East District
Karen Rice Ratzlaff
Neighboring Movement Coordinator
Wichita East District
Wendy Mohler-Seib
Southwestern College Institute for Discipleship Director, Winfield
Wichita East District

Today's Lectionary Text

Acts 4:32-34

The community of believers was one in heart and mind. None of them would say, “This is mine!” about any of their possessions, but held everything in common. The apostles continued to bear powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and an abundance of grace was at work among them all. There were no needy persons among them. Those who owned properties or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds from the sales,

Today's Devotional

The first century church worked together for the good of the community. Believers shared what they had so that all would have what was necessary to life. The description of such sharing of possessions may seem foreign to 21st century American believers. It is counter-cultural to the “American dream” of owning property and constantly acquiring “things” as we search for happiness in our lives. Those early Christians also still had the apostles living among them and bearing witness to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
 
We don’t have the benefit of living witnesses to the events of Jesus’ life in our day. But it is more important than ever that ordinary, everyday believers bear witness to our faith. Of course, not everyone is comfortable in doing so. It is not the easiest thing for some of us to initiate a conversation about Jesus. But I recently became aware that one simple thing can make a difference in sharing our witness.
 
If you wear tee shirts on a regular basis, you may have among your collection various “cause” or “message” tees. I have several and had packed two of them when I went on a trip recently. I seldom notice what another person’s shirt may say, so was surprised when people noticed mine! While touring a cathedral a docent took note of my “God’s love is >” shirt and struck up a conversation with me. The next day, in a museum, a guard noted my “Love God, Love People” shirt and told me, “I like your shirt!”
 
These incidents made me wonder how many opportunities I have missed over the years to bear witness to Jesus’ place in my life simply because I haven’t been noticing what the slogans say on other people’s shirts! Now, if you are conversing with someone else wearing a “Jesus/God message” you may not exactly be evangelizing the world, but it just might make starting another conversation about Jesus with some other person a little easier. For myself, I’m going to start reading shirts – and commenting on them!
--Rev. Robbie Fall, retired elder
                                                                                                            Hutchinson

Prayer for Reflection

God of us all, open our eyes to see the opportunities for witness around us – and our mouths to celebrate the place you and your Son have in our lives. Amen.
 

 

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