Saturday, March 8, 2014
Submitted by Chris Davis, Elder
Prayer: Lord, we are thankful for the “giving” opportunities you have in store for us. Help us to notice these opportunities and give of ourselves unconditionally. Reveal to us ways we can give and serve in your name. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Scripture: Philippians 4:10-20
Today’s Devotion: The key words in Paul’s letter to Philippi are “joy” and “rejoice.” Paul had a shared joy in a common faith with the church in this leading city in eastern Macedonia. In this portion of Chapter 4, Paul “rejoices greatly in the Lord” that the church cared for him and shared in his troubles. The joy Paul feels is not derived from the things the church has given him, for he has learned to be content with whatever he has. Paul rejoices because he wants the church to experience the good that comes from giving. In verse 18 Paul calls these gifts a “sweet-smelling offering, a sacrifice that is pleasing to God.”
Throughout this Lenten season, look for opportunities to give your time, your talents and your treasures in ways that are pleasing to God and bring joy to your heart.