CSR Daily Devotion

Today is SERVE DAY!! A national day where Christ’s people get out and serve! I missed the boat and did not prep y’all before today, but Saturday’s is our normal day to try to serve, so it should not be too much of a surprise. And I know what you may be thinking: how can I serve during COVID-19? Well click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph and discover that there’s a way.

July 11

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen  (Ephesians 3:20-21)

These two verses above are mighty reminders of the God we serve.  In the town of my birth, a small community church grew from 70 original members, to over 17,000 members with 8 campuses in just 15 years.  These two verses were their mantra and closing prayer through every service.  God did immeasurable more than that head pastor had ever imagined.  We love that church, it is a hip, fun church that grabs hold of the youth of that area and gives them a safe, strong foundation in Christ.  My only frustration with that church was the older generations.  This city in Florida was becoming one of the fastest growing areas in America, with new houses popping up everyday and the median price well over $300,000.  Yet there was still an extreme poverty issue in that city.  So yes, God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, but could we at least do what God does ask of us?  Can we feed the poor?  House the homeless?  Feed the hungry?  Take care of His sheep?  That is the measure God asks of us.  How long will He provide immeasurably more to us if we fail to measure up to His expectation?

Reading plan:  Ephesians 3:14-21

Deeper reading plan: Isaiah 10, 11, 12

Prayer and meditation:  Pray for our country.  Pray for love to conquer all.  Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.

Fitness challenge:  Run four miles for time.

Serve Day:  Today is THE SERVE DAY! Wherever you can serve, make sure you are doing so safely and wearing the proper PPE!

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