May 27: Mutual Service
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What is one gift or talent you don’t currently have but would like to? For some, it may be the ability to sing or play a musical instrument. For others, it may be the ability to teach. Others still may desire to have more so they could give more.
In Romans 12:3-8, Paul notes that it’s important to properly evaluate ourselves so that we may best serve one another. Some may think they don’t have anything to offer, but this isn’t true, we all have something to contribute. Others may want to contribute more than they’re able, but their real desire may be to do so for success or achievement.
What’s the solution? Paul says the solution is to properly evaluate ourselves, recognizing that we all have something to contribute, but not to be overly proud about what we contribute, nor to be overly negative in thinking that it isn’t enough. Instead, we should see one another as parts of the same body. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:25-26, This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
READING & JOURNALING:
What do you believe you are most able to contribute to the body of Christ? In what ways does your contribution help bring harmony to the church?
Heavenly Father, today I’m grateful for the reminder that I have something to contribute to the church body, but that I ought not be proud of my contribution. Continue to help me grow in humility so that I can mutually serve others, and help me to receive the service others gladly offer me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Matthew 26:35 – 27:31
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