July 28 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Lord God, you have proclaimed that we are chosen, holy, and dearly loved. Help us to dare to believe that it is really true. And help us to live as if we believe that it is really true. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Scripture: Colossians 3:12-14
Journal: Do you believe that you are chosen by God? Do you believe that you are holy? Do you really believe that you are dearly loved? What is your life like in response to that?
Reflection: To live a spiritual life, we have to claim for ourselves that we are “taken” or “chosen.” Let me try to expand a bit on these words. When I know that I am chosen, I know that I have been seen as a special person. Someone has noticed me in my uniqueness and has expressed a desire to know me, to come closer to me, to love me. When I write to you that, as the Beloved, we are God’s chosen ones, I mean that we have been seen by God from all eternity and seen as unique, special, precious beings. It is very hard for me to express well the depth of the meaning of the word “chosen” has for me, but I hope you are willing to listen to me from within. From all eternity, long before you were born and became a part of history, you existed in God’s heart. Long before your parents admired you or your friends acknowledged your gifts or your teachers, colleagues and employers encouraged you, you were already “chosen.” The eyes of love had seen you as precious, as of infinite beauty, as of eternal value. When love chooses, it chooses with a perfect sensitivity for the unique beauty of the chosen one. (Life of the Beloved by Henri J. M. Nouwen)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Carlos and Sandy Rios are planting Rivers of Grace Bible Church in the San Andres area of Guadalajara, Mexico. The church is growing and many new families have begun attending. Pray for the Rios and their church as they are involved in many evangelistic opportunities this summer.
Worldwide Development Association has a mission to serve the church worldwide by developing Christ-like character in people and equipping them to disciple others according to the pattern Jesus used to train his disciples. Cedar Springs and Global Mission Group members Carroll and Shirley Coakley are part of this organization’s international staff and serve on short-term mission teams to Myanmar. Pray today for the Coakleys.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to live today as if I believed I was your beloved, and help me also to live today as if I believed that all of those I come into contact with are dearly loved by you as well. Amen.