July 19 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, our eternal treasure, be our one desire, be the first of all our affections, be the center of our lives. May all we do, think, and say revolve always only around you. Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21

Journal: What does your life tend to revolve around these days? What does that tell you about where you heart is? What does that tell you about what you treasure?

Reflection: Typically, you can tell what’s most important to a person by the way they spend their time. Whatever that thing is that gets the majority of our time, energy, and attention has a really good chance of being the thing that we treasure the most.  Oh, we can try to convince ourselves, and our world, otherwise, but when it comes right down to it, we know it’s true. 

Jesus knew it too. He realized that the things that our lives tend to revolve around are the things that have our hearts. And the things that have our hearts are the things, like it or not, that are our treasure. So we have to pay careful attention to what our lives (and our use of time) are telling us. What does the way I live my life say about what is really important to me? Where does most of our time, effort, and energy get invested? What does that say about what I really treasure? Who, or what, has my heart right now? Is that person, or thing, treasure that will last? What does it look like to treasure Jesus above all else?

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

J. and C. are working in a Creative Access country for World Outreach. J. is developing an entry platform using sustainable technologies that will provide income and economic development among the people they are ministering to. Pray today for wisdom as they have their second meeting with a large international conservation organization about a possible partnership in one location.

As a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America, RUF holds to the core beliefs of historic Christianity which motivate a heart for God and love for the university. CSPC supports RUF on two college campuses. Pray today for Matt Howell at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as RUF prepares for the Fall semester.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us treasure you above all else. Amen.