Mid Week Devotion 7/08/2020 “Walk the Walk”
Good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on when you are watching this mid-week version of our online church presentations. I want to extend a greeting to those of who are joining in today, however you found us, welcome! My name is Pastor Mel, I trust you find this space comforting, refreshing and safe as we continue to journey through life in quarantine.
The For Heaven’s Sake Circle is collecting items to be auctioned to help pay off the Pavilion. Drop off of items can be done July 15 or 16 from 9-11 or 4-6 at the fairgrounds Merchant building on the north side. Items can be picked up if members call the church office. The auction will be online through Jess Spradlin’s site with all proceeds going to the pavilion.
I want to remind you that even though we are back to in-person worship services we still need your help in sharing the online mid-week devotions and Sunday services. We reached a lot of people for Christ and this is a simple and easy way for us to continue sharing. So even though you may be here in person, many are not.
A Drive Through VBS has been scheduled for Sunday, July 19, 2:00-4:00. Please come anytime between 2:00-3:30. Please enter off of South Clay and volunteers will direct you. The Drive Through VBS will be a place where you can enjoy a Bible story and some fun entertainment from the safety of your own vehicle! 6 stations will offer a fun filled half an hour to your Sunday afternoon as each station will last around 4 minutes. Again, please enter off of South Clay Street, onto Morgan Street and a volunteer will direct you!
I have a couple of prayer request updates.
1.) Dr. Meyer is still needing your prayers.
2.) Tom Jordan is asking for prayers for his neighbor, Kathy Turner, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
3.) Prayers for Dale and Jean Shafer who are both dealing with minor medical issues right now.
4.) Catherine Pritchett is asking for prayers for Charlie’s cousin who passed last week from cancer.
5.) Prayers for Pat Manker’s Brother-In-Law, Larry, who has been hospitalized with foot surgery, caused by a cactus thorn injury.
How often we call out to you, O Lord, yet we do not incline an ear to the words spoken in the still quiet of our souls. Too often we distance ourselves from your love and healing touch. Break the stubborn arrogance of our hearts, that we would embrace your unchanging word and know true peace that only comes from living within your will. Amen.
Now, Lord, be with us as we pray the words which you have given to us;
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
For ever. Amen.
SCRIPTURE – Philippians 1:27-30
27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,[e] striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in Jesus, but also to suffer for Jesus, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
I have entitled this devotion, Walk the Walk.
DEVOTION: “Walk the Walk”
I wanted to follow up on my sermon from last Sunday, July 5. I was talking about not losing your awe of God. I want to go a little further with this to help us remain in awe of God. A simple help for us, another tool for our Christian toolbox. For that we look at the Apostle Paul. He was a fascinating person, once a persecutor of Christians, then a servant of God, writing major sections of the New Testament.
As we get to know the ‘new’ Paul, that is the Apostle Paul, we see in his writings that he never lost his awe for God. He was continually amazed that we would be chosen by God. “Who am I,” Paul would say, “What have I done to be chosen?” Paul, nor any of us ‘do anything’ to be chosen, God simples makes the choice for us.
Nobody knows Paul’s past better than he does himself. After been chosen by God, Paul knew that he could not go back and live the way he did before. He was in awe of God, and the changes God brought upon his life. He was in awe of Jesus, for the sufferings of Christ set him free, and he never takes his mission lightly. He boldly goes forth to live his new life for all to see. His awe of God is obvious.
The Apostle Paul allowed God to completely take over and Paul’s transformation was made complete. Paul never rested, he spent his lifetime offering Christ to a broken world. How many people did Paul tell, “You are alive in Christ if you would simply accept.” For Paul, acceptance was the key to his awe. That is, other people’s acceptance. He found a way to remain in awe of God, by watching people become alive in Christ.
Even though what You and I and Paul believe sounds like foolishness to the world around us, it is our salvation. Paul lived in awe of the very thing that gave him life. He found tremendous joy in sharing that awe with others. One simple way to stay in awe of God is to watch that awe come alive in someone else. After we watch a great movie or read a heart pounding book or are surprised by a fantastic new restaurant, we don’t keep it to ourselves, we go out and share that news with others. Then the awe continues.
In a way, we get to relieve that mountaintop experience of our first connection to God and the awe we felt as our lives were first transformed, over and over again. Continue to stay in awe of God by continuing to share your transformation. If you are watching this Mid-Week Devotion on Facebook then how about you post a video of yourself proclaiming your awe of God.
It’s pretty simple to do, and sharing is as easy as a few clicks of a keyboard. I have been asking you to share my weekly devotions and Centenary’s Sunday worship service, and that is wonderful if you would do that. Here is your chance to actively participate in spreading the Word of God yourself.
Paul found being in awe of God was maintainable because he was intent on living to honor God and the Gospel message which gave him life. If you found a glass of water that satisfied you for your whole life wouldn’t you share that water with everyone you came across. If the Word of God is foolishness to the world then what is foolish to the Christian? Maybe accepting that wonderful glass of water from God, but then neglecting to to do what God asked us to do with it. Share it! Share your awe and keep it alive in you.
May God’s peace be with you until we meet again,
stay safe and God bless.