Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/23/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Ellinwood UMC
Salem (Bushton) UMC
Hutchinson District
Ellsworth: First UMC
Kanopolis UMC
Wilson UMC
Hutchinson District
Geneseo UMC
Hutchinson District
Great Bend First UMC
Hutchinson District

Today's Lectionary Text

​1 Timothy 1:12 

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service.

Today's Devotional

Recently my spouse, Janet, and I were taking a walk down our city streets. As is our custom we try to say hello to everyone who passes by. On this particular day I was wearing a black baseball cap, a souvenir from a trip to New Mexico. As we walked by a gentleman, he said to me “thank you for your service.” Janet and I were puzzled by the comment until we decided maybe he thought the hat I was wearing indicated a branch of the U.S. military. 

Well, I’ve never served in the military service, but I have been and still am in “the service.” The service of Christ and Christ’s church. (And I’m sure if you reading this so are you!) The verse noted above is a wonderful affirmation of being called to this service. Note the affirmations: we are “strengthened” (Greek verb indicates ongoing “empowerment”) for service to Christ. We are judged faithful for this service, which is a huge affirmation and confidence builder. And we are “put” (Greek word for appointed means “put”) into Christ’s service. 

Isn’t it true that we not only are called but also equipped and skilled for this service both as clergy and laity, and for all our lives including retirement? This verse from 1 Timothy humbles me, makes me grateful, and affirms the work of ministry for Christ, the church and the world is truly being “in the service.” So next time you hear the phrase being spoken “thank you for your service” -- let’s expand it beyond the military. For I believe there’s no greater, more rewarding, more difference-making and more eternal service to be in than “in the service for Christ.” 

-- Rev. Rick Saylor
Retired clergy
Kansas City, Missouri

Prayer for Reflection

Thank you, O God, for the multiple ways to be in the service. Thank you for the confidence you have in us and for the strength, gifts, and wisdom you give to us to faithfully serve Christ, the Church and the world. Like the apostle Paul we are grateful. So be it. Amen. 


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