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Servanthood

TODAY’S VERSE
Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.
Mark 10:43 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Some of Christ’s teachings were counterintuitive to what we learn in this world. A leader, we think, should be assertive, take charge, and rule with a “my way or the skyway” attitude. But this is not the type of leader Jesus advocated. When discussions of leadership came up amongst the disciples, and they were vying with each other to see who would sit on Christ’s side in glory, Jesus reminded them of His kingdom values. In the Kingdom of God, you see it is of supreme importance to be kind, prefer others over yourself, serve, and love. Jesus said it this way, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” A servant makes sure that the needs of the person that they are serving are met. They care for the other person. They are genuinely concerned for the other person’s welfare. Jesus wants us to be that kind of leader. A person who cares about those they lead that puts love in action and people above the process. Today, when you are asked to lead, remember whoever wants to be a leader must be a servant.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me lead through servanthood. Help me follow the example of Jesus by loving others and serve them with all my heart. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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What Does God Want You To Do?

TODAY’S VERSE
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.
II Thessalonians 1:11 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Why was I born? What possible significance can my life be? All these are answered in the fact that God has a purpose for your life. He wants you to live a life worthy of the call He has on you. What He calls you to do, He will empower. Paul promises that God will give you the power to do all that your faith prompts you to do. He writes at the end of this passage, “This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.” Today, ask God to prompt your faith to know what you can do for His glory. Then know that God’s grace will give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help live this day worthy of Your call. Thank You for Your grace and may Your power accomplish all the good things that You prompt in my heart through faith.
AMEN

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Do Good To Others

TODAY’S VERSE
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.
Proverbs 3:27 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How serious God takes our benevolence. We are His chosen representatives. We act in this world on His behalf. How then can we take the principles of the God who is love and not obey them? How can we withhold good from those in need if it is in our power to help them? In Jewish law, the Israelites were told not to be tightfisted. In the book of James, the author tells Christians that if someone comes to us naked and hungry and we say to them, “God bless you, be fed be clothed” and do nothing to help them, how can the love of God be in us? There are all kinds of hurts and needs, and so many people all around us suffer from one kind or another. All it takes is a little time and some empathy, and we will find more people to help than we ever imagined. Today, let the Spirit of God lead you to someone in need. When He does, do whatever is in your power to help them.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, I thank You that You have called me to be like You, a lover of people. Help me see others through Your eyes, and then give me the strength and grace to do all I can to help them.
AMEN

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Love Others

TODAY’S VERSE
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
Romans 12:20 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Paul quoted this verse from the book of Proverbs. It exemplified the way Christ wanted us to live. Paul preceded this proverb with, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge.” He follows it with, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Paul was telling the Church in Rome, the same city where they were persecuting and killing Christians, the same town where he was imprisoned as he penned this verse, to love your enemies. And love they did. Tertullian reported that the Romans would exclaim, “See how they love one another!” Justin Martyr explained Christian love this way: “We who used to value the acquisition of wealth and possessions more than anything else now bring what we have into a common fund and share it with anyone who needs it.” Clement wrote of Christians, “He impoverishes himself out of love, so that he is certain he may never overlook a brother in need.” God calls us to no lesser love. We must witness to our generation by word and action. Today, ask God to give you an open heart and eyes to love others in a supernatural way, to love when He calls you to.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, fill me with the Holy Spirit so I can see what You see, hear what You hear, and feel what You feel. Help me to love others with Your heart.
AMEN

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The heartbeat of jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Romans 12:13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Loving others is the call of every Christian. It is the essence of what Jesus stood for. It is the “proof” that what we believe is true. Paul is writing to the church in Rome to practice hospitality by sharing with those in need. This was not optional. It was what people understood when Christians were called followers of “the way.” Jesus lived a life of self-sacrifice and love for others that has stood the test of time. It is what people love about Jesus. It is what they should love about His people. James puts it this way, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” Indeed it is no good. It does not represent the Jesus of the scriptures. John makes this point loud and clear when he wrote, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” Can it get any clearer than that? Paul writes, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Loving others is our calling, our occupation, our duty, our responsibility; it is our privilege; it is the least we can do for our Savior.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, help me to love the way You loved. Help me to share the way you shared. Help me give the way You gave. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, empower me, give me Your heartbeat, I pray.
AMEN

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Loving Others

TODAY’S VERSE
Then Jesus asked them, ‘Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?’ But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
Mark 3:4-5 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How did the church ever become a country club? When did we decide it was a place to simply “Grow in the Lord” and not be a vibrant, loving witness for those outside our front doors? When did we give up the mission work to the “missionaries” and decide not to be the light of the world right in our back yard? Not many things made our Lord angry, but this was one of them. Don’t stand in the way of Him ministering to someone in need. What is so sad is that the Pharisees could have been a help. With their standing in the community, they could have gone out and compelled people to come and meet the Messiah. What an impact they could have had on the world, but they were not able to get past their traditional views. Somehow, God-loving people different then they, people that did not live the same kind of life as they did was an offense. They did not see God’s love for the whole world and the mission Jesus was on. How about us? Do we reach out to those outside our church? Today, let us check our beliefs against the scriptures. Let’s compare our love for people with that of our Lord Jesus. We are His disciples. Let’s follow His words when he shared about the Good Samaritan and told us to, “Go and do likewise.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me love people. Open my eyes, open my heart that I may reach out to others the way You would. Work in, and through me, I pray.
AMEN

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God’s Co-Worker

TODAY’S VERSE
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever considered yourself a co-worker with Christ? Paul did. But you say, “Paul was an apostle, and I’m just a Christian.” Yes, Paul was an Apostle, and you are a Christian. So? How does that change the fact that you were chosen before the foundation of the world to be created in Jesus to do good works? The truth is, God, delights in your fellowship and desires to have you join Him in His work. You are His joy. You are His handiwork, created to do His good works. So when you schedule your day you need to remember that you have heavenly priorities to consider. You have been called to live for God on this earth. So, look over your “to do” list and see if it reflects any “fellow worker with God” items. Today, remember, you are His ambassador, you are His co-worker, rejoice in that and live it to its fullest.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I am amazed that You would call me to be Your co-worker, but I humbly accept it. Help me to live for You. Help me to use all that I am and all that I have to join You in Your mission of love and grace.
AMEN

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Supernatural Love

TODAY’S VERSE
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Colossians 3:12-13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Christianity is so much more than a religion. It is a Holy calling. But contrary to so many images of religious zealots, we are not called to violence; we are called to a radical life of love. Jesus made this clear in His example, and the Apostle Paul did in his teachings. We are God’s holy people, and He has asked us to permeate our life with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. And not just with each other. We are to love the world in the same way He does. We are to love the unlovely. We are to love the needy. We are to love those that despise us, those that use us, those that come against us. We are to love those that disagree with us, those that are different than us, those that hurt us. This is a calling, and He who called us can empower us to do it. It is His Holy Spirit that lives in us to do His good pleasure. So today, call upon God to help you live a life of love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You have called me to be Your ambassador of love. I confess I cannot do this in my power. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and empower me to see with Your eyes and to love with Your heart. Because of Jesus, my Lord, and Savior.
AMEN

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Love In Action

TODAY’S VERSE
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
I Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Now here is a list to live by. We like to think of love as a noun. Some pretty valentine cards or songs we remember from our high school days. But love is a verb. It is love “in action.” Paul gives us a list that is unmistakable. Paul writes that love is patient, kind, not jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love does not demand its own way and does not get irritable or keep a record of wrong. Love is not happy with injustice but rejoices in the truth. Finally, love has staying power. It never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and has endurance. Can you imagine what the world would be like if all of us would live by Paul’s definition of love? Today, let’s change our little part of the world. Let’s practice this kind of “love in action” wherever we go.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You are love, and by the power of Your Holy Spirit, You can help me love. Give me the courage, strength, and desire to love the way You do. Today, help me exemplify love in action.
AMEN

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Love Your Enemies

TODAY’S VERSE
Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.
Luke 6:35 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sometimes I forget how radical the teachings of Jesus really are. When I am tempted to be benevolent to someone that doesn’t seem deserving, when I am considering forgiving someone who has offended me, when I am accepting someone into my inner community whose background is troubled, I begin to get second doubts. Others start to question what I am doing, and my anxiety begins to rise. And then I come to Jesus. I read a passage like today’s, and I start to understand that I don’t even begin to understand. I see the depth of God’s love, and I am so far removed. I am so short of what He demanded. Love my enemies? Do good to them? Be kind to those who are unthankful and wicked? Sure, He has done that for me, but He is God. How can I love the way He does? It starts by committing myself to be like Him and then realizing the only way I can do it, is with the help of His Holy Spirit. I must be willing to let Him love others through me. If I do, His ways will become my ways. Today, decide to love the unlovely. Be kind to those who are unkind. Be patient with those that invade your space. Christ is our example. We are called by His name and empowered by His Spirit.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your high standards when it comes to love. Where would I be without it? Surely You have loved me with abandonment. Help me to go and radically love others.
AMEN

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