August 21 Devotional
Opening Prayer: O God, center our lives ever and always only around you. In the name and power of Jesus. Amen.
Scripture: Acts 2:42-47
Journal: What was the early church’s life centered around? How? What is your life centered around? What does God want your life to be centered around? What does that look like? What practices does that involve?
Reflection: When most of us think of the word balance, we think of a life with equal amounts (or right amounts) of everything - a life in which our work and play and family and friendships and faith all receive comparable amounts of attention and energy. In the spiritual life, however, the word balance must be defined differently. As a matter of fact the word balance might not be the most appropriate word to use at all - the word centered might be more accurate. Because in the life of faith, balance means having Christ as the center around which everything else revolves. Thus, life is only balanced when everything is centered on Christ. Christ is the hub of the wheel; the focal point of our lives that allows life to function the way it was created to function. So the question becomes not “Do I have enough of God in my life?” but “Is Christ the center of my life? What does my life revolve around? And what are the things that I need to make a regular part of my life in order to keep Jesus in the center?” The answer to these questions will determine a lot as we try to live the life God most wants us to live.
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Leoma Gilley works for Wycliffe Bible Translators and is responsible for developing university-level, accredited training in linguistics, literacy, Bible translation, Scripture use, anthropology, and language assessment (survey) to people across Africa. Pray today for Leoma as she faces uncertainty after September 30 when her office is being closed and her job in its current form ends. Pray for God to give the Area Directors and Leoma clear direction about His next steps for her work. She currently plans to take a 3-month sabbatical from October – December 2015.
The CSPC Adoption Ministry is a group of individuals and families who have a heart for adoption and foster care and for providing support for other individuals and families starting or going through the adoption/foster care process. Pray today for couples who need the support of other adoptive parents to be reached by this ministry.
Closing Prayer: Lord God, show us those things that need to be a regular part of our lives as we try to live them in you. Show us the rhythms and the practices that will grow and nurture the life of your Spirit within us and among us. Amen.