Day 2: Changed Lives Part 1
Years ago, my lovely wife and I (Pastor Justin) participated in a short-term mission trip to Burkina Faso, West Africa. While we have many memories from this experience, one that has stuck with me is a time we attended a local church service. During the service, when there was an announcement for the tithes and offerings, those in attendance jumped out of their seats, began to play instruments, and sang praises to God at the top of their lungs. They then started dancing down the aisle as they placed their tithes and offerings in a small bucket in the front of the room. It was quite an experience. The people were truly excited to give some of their finances to the church. And from our experience, it was apparent that the majority of them had very little to give. But what they had, they gave with a joyful heart.
What was their motivation for giving in such a way? Jesus. The people knew that, as the hymn says, “Jesus Paid it All.” God had transformed each and every one of their lives, and because of that, they were excited to invest in future ministry. They were excited to think about how their small church could be used by God to create life change in others. As you read today, consider this: How excited are you about the life change God has done (and is doing) in and through you? How is God inviting you to respond to Him?
READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 16:1-24
How excited are you about the life change God has done (and is doing) in and through you?
Think about a time in your life when you gave a gift cheerfully? What was the gift? Why were you so excited to give it?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Esther 8, 9, & 10
Heavenly Father, when I think about my life five, ten, even twenty years ago, it’s amazing to think about just how much I’ve changed and grown through the years. While some of the life lessons have been very challenging, I recognize that through these challenges, You were preparing me for future ministry.
Today, I simply want to be intentional in taking opportunities to thank You for the many ways in which You’ve impacted my life. Additionally, I pray for opportunities to share these things with others. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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