Focus Moment – August 8, 2017

Silence and Centering (PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE)

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

Confession:

Dear Lord, we worship You as our God and King, as the One true God, as the faithful Guardian of our souls. We come to You in this time of worship to stop, to breathe, and to listen. We want to open our hearts to You and share our secrets, our sins, and our lack of faith.

We lay it all out before You. We confess that we have sinned and are in desperate need of Jesus, our Redeemer. We have followed the enticing idols offered by the world instead of worshiping You alone. In the safe place of prayer, Lord, hear our hearts speak. We are sorry; please forgive us. Holy Spirit, come inside our hearts and transform us by Your love and forgiveness. Fill us with Your grace and hope. In the Name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

 SCRIPTURE:

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,

– Romans 12:4

WORSHIP

DEVOTIONAL 

It blows my mind to look out at all the people in the world and to know no two people are the same—each person is absolutely unique.  Every human being is similar and yet very different—from the color of hair, to the shape of their teeth, to the very DNA in their body.  What blows my mind is that God says we are many members but we actually make up one body in Christ.  We were created to work together to accomplish His goals.  The book of Romans tells us this very fact, as it says we are all members but we do not have the same function (Rom. 12:4).

Have you ever thought about how God wants to use you?

There is a song by a group named Casting Crowns titled, If we are the body, and it is what inspired me to write this devotional. The lyrics go like this—

“But if we are the body

Why aren’t His arms reaching?

Why aren’t His hands healing?

Why aren’t His words teaching?

And if we are the body

Why aren’t His feet going?

Why is His love not showing them there is a way?”

The premise of this song is this—That we—as the body of believers in Jesus Christ—are not doing what we should be doing.

 So what exactly should we be doing as followers of Jesus?

Well, in short, we should be doing the very things Jesus did when He came to this earth—loving others, and bringing glory to God.   We should be using our time, energy, and resources to be others-centered, so they might know and see Christ through us.

The song goes on to say, “Jesus paid much too high a price for us to pick and choose who should come.”

This means God loves every man, and Jesus died for every man, woman and child within this world—He’s not willing that any should perish (Heb. 7:27; 10:10; 2 Pet. 3:9).

So how are we to serve as part of the body of Christ?

The truth is we need to ask God how He wants to use us each day—“What part of the body do you want me to function as Lord?”  God may have given each of us an ability to do something very unique and special, or He may have simply given us the capacity to be good servants—it doesn’t matter because the greatest gift is the one needed at that particular time.  What really matters is our willingness to be used.  Jesus speaks very highly of our being willing to serve.

If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. John 12:26 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think about ways you might be able to be used by God.  We must remember, we are a part of the body of Christ.   And as such, we can be used to do great and wondrous things.  Our value is not limited to our talents or our possessions—it is in what Jesus did upon the cross, and in our willingness to come in agreement that He is our Lord, and we do not belong to ourselves any longer (1 Cor. 6:19).  If we are simply willing to be a productive part of the body, then the body will be that much healthier.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Jesus what will God do for those who serve Him?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be a healthy part of the body of Christ – willing to be used by God?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let God know you are willing to be used today.

PRAYER
Father, thank You for allowing me to be a part of the body of Christ.  Help me to see the opportunities today to serve others, and remind me to serve as if I was serving You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.

 

Devotional By Scott Wright 

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