Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Reading & Devotional:
The Philippians were some of Paul’s dearest friends. Time and time again they had cared for Paul and his needs. The most recent demonstration of their love came through a special care package brought to him by a man named Epaphroditus.
Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you…
Exactly what this care package consisted of we do not know; yet we do know that it was a great blessing to Paul and no doubt met many of his most basic needs. The Philippian Christians were not the only ones to demonstrate Christlike love. Consider Paul’s comments about many of the churches of Macedonia.
2 Corinthians 8:1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
Notice that Paul described them as those who were in ‘deep poverty.’ They themselves were in need. Yet, the grace of God was so great in them that it caused them to share with others.
Every Christian should be willing to share with his fellow Christians who are in need. We read from the book of Corinthians-
1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him…
A part of our giving is for the purpose of caring for others. In addition to this, the Bible also teaches us that God has equipped some of His saints with special spiritual gifts that enable them to care.
Romans 12:7 If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 9 Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them.
If God has called you to serve, serve well. If your gift is encouragement, then encourage. If it has to do with money, give generously. And if it is the gift of showing kindness and mercy, do so gladly.
Devo Courtesy of Terry Covey
2 MINUTES OF SILENT REFLECTION.
The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which 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 the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.