Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 05-23-23

Intro: We live in the last days—the age of Grace for salvation. Humanity, as a whole, enjoys the goodness of God whether we are friends with Him or enemies. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike (Mat 5:45). God has chosen to love His human family and share divine goodness with them in ways that help them turn toward salvation in Christ. However, there is coming a day when the friends of God will be separated from His enemies; at which time the goodness God has been sharing with the whole world will turn to judgment against sin. Therefore, we must press into God’s love and serve him wholeheartedly, because there are many people who still need to meet the Savior we are to represent.

During this time of Grace, God is forming and raising up servant leaders—those who seek to follow Christ’s example in order to bring glory to God’s name. Every Christian is called and gifted to be a servant leader; it is essential for us to all pray and work together, as well as reach out as a diverse spiritual family in one accord to our community. Today is your opportunity to live for God and make a difference in eternity.

1 Peter 4:7-11 The VOICE
7 We are coming to the end of all things, so be serious and keep your wits about you in order to pray more forcefully. 8 Most of all, love each other steadily and unselfishly, because love makes up for many faults. 9 Show hospitality to each other without complaint. 10 Use whatever gift you’ve received for the good of one another so that you can show yourselves to be good stewards of God’s grace in all its varieties. 11 If you’re called upon to talk, speak as though God put the words in your mouth; if you’re called upon to serve others, serve as though you had the strength of God behind you. In these ways, God may be glorified in all you do through Jesus the Anointed, to whom belongs glory and power, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer: Lord, please give your children a passion for prayer and help us to get out of the church building and start living to increase God’s eternal family. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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