July 21 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Late have I loved you, O Beauty, so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! And behold, you were within me and I was outside, and there I sought for you, and in my deformity I rushed headlong into the well-formed things that you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. - St. Augustine
Scripture: Matthew 13:52
Journal: What is God doing within you these days? What is in your storehouse right now? What treasures has God placed there in order for you to pass them along to others?
Reflection: A significant part of this life of faith, it seems, is being good stewards of those things God is doing (and has done) within us. Matthew, in fact, refers to them as treasures, new and old, stored up in the storehouse (of our souls). They are not the result of our own wisdom or insight or giftedness or favor, but things God, for some unknown reason, has chosen in his kindness to give to us. They are his gracious gifts that are intended to do something beautiful deep within us, but also to be brought out of the storehouse at the appropriate time and shared with whoever God brings across our paths. Therefore, we should always be aware of, and paying careful attention to, the things God is doing within us, because they are the very things he desires to use to show others the beauty of his Kingdom.
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Lucky & Sonnet Mnisi are South African and serve in Mozambique. Lucky has pastored the Reformed Church in Mucatine, and has helped plant other churches in Gaza Province, including Chake. Lucky is a discipler of young men and has a mentoring role among those he serves. Lucky and Sonnet and their family are now living in Chokwe where Lucky pastors a church they planted. Pray today for their church family to grow in faith and learn to reach out to others in the community.
Samaritan Ministry is a faith-based AIDS Service Organization led by Wayne Smith at Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville. They seek to serve people, primarily in East Tennessee, who are living with HIV/AIDS through direct support and by way of their significant network of service providers. Pray today for the Come Serve With Us CSPC volunteers who are working at Samaritan Ministry on July 28. To find out more, go to http://cspc.net/opportunities-to-serve.
Closing Prayer: O God, Lord of all, you place your treasures within us and call us to be good stewards of their infinite beauty. Give us the grace and the wisdom to know how to care for this treasure, and where, when, and how to pass it along. Amen.