July 27 Devotional
Opening Prayer: You, O Lord, are the fountain of life, and the source of all goodness; You made all things and filled them with Your blessing. Thanks be to God. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-10
Journal: What does it mean that you are part of a chosen people? A royal priesthood? A holy Nation? A people belonging to God? What do those truths do within you? How do they fit together?
Reflection: “Come here,” said the Lion. And she had to. She was almost between its front paws now, looking straight into its face. But she couldn’t stand that for long; she dropped her eyes.
“Human Child,” said the Lion. “Where is the Boy?”
“He fell over the cliff,” said Jill, and added, “Sir.” She didn’t know what else to call him, and it sounded cheek to call him nothing.
“How did he come to do that, Human Child?”
“He was trying to stop me from falling, Sir.”
“Why were you so near the edge, Human Child?”
“I was showing off, Sir.”
“That is a very good answer, Human Child. Do so no more. And now” (here for the first time the Lion’s face became a little less stern) “the Boy is safe.” I have blown him to Narnia. But your task will be the harder because of what you have done.”
“Please, what task, Sir?” said Jill
“The task for which I called you and him here out of your own world.”
This puzzled Jill very much. “It’s mistaking me for someone else,” she thought. She didn’t dare to tell the Lion this, though she felt things would get into a dreadful muddle unless she did.
“Speak your thought, Human Child,” said the Lion.
“I was wondering - I mean - could there be some mistake? Because nobody called me and Scrubb, you know. It was we who asked to come here. Scrubb said we were to call to - to Somebody - it was a name I wouldn’t know - and perhaps the Somebody would let us in. And we did, and then we found the door open.”
“You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion.
“Then you are Somebody, Sir?” said Jill
“I am.” (The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Steve and Ruth Porter center their ministry around Steve’s dentistry at the Miango Dental Clinic in Nigeria. Their goal is to provide high quality dentistry, a winsome witness, sound teaching, and a compassionate outreach to those in need. They minister to local pastors, teachers, and other church employees, offering their services for the cost of the materials they use. Pray today for the Porters as they hopefully have just returned to Nigeria. There were many complications with their return regarding their visas and a major change in health insurance.
Wears Valley Ranch offers a Christian home, education, and counseling to children from families in crisis. Their vision is to see each child inspired to follow Christ, healed from the past, and equipped to reach their full potential. Pray today for all of the residents that they may know Christ’s love and salvation through this ministry.
Closing Prayer: Thank you, O Lord, that you have made us a chosen people, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. Thank you that we belong to you, so that we might declare your praises. Thank you that you brought us out of the darkness and into the wonderful light. May we always remember that, and live our lives in grateful response to your mercy and love. Amen.