DEVOTIONS

Monday: Did you know that 82% of people say they would come to church if a friend invited them? God is constantly working to draw people to Himself and we are privileged to be His helpers in coming alongside people as we work together and grow together in our journey of life toward God. Think of 3 people close to you who are not involved in regularly attending Church and who are not living a life in Christ. Invite them. Pray over them. Invite them again. Keep praying over them. Add lunch in the equation saying “we get out by 11 every week so we can make it to lunch early!” 82% of those not active in church are simply waiting for you to ask. Lord, help us be the good. Help us grow together. In Jesus, amen.

 

Tuesday: How many times have to noticed conversations go to the topic of God, Jesus, church, heaven, faith? Way more often than you might realize! There are opportunities in every conversation to plug in an invite to worship together. 82% of people are awaiting this invitation. Look for ways to stick an invite in the conversations you are in this week at the ball game, at work, the beauty shop, store, home. Hey, why don’t you join us Sunday? God, help guide my actions and words as we strive to grow together. Use me to reach One. In Jesus, amen.

 

Wednesday: Carrie Underwood, famous Country Music star, tells about some challenges she has faced in life including a broken wrist, chipped tooth, and almost 50 stitches in her face, 3 miscarriages. In an interview she said, “the best moments in my life are when I say, ‘Hey, I can’t control everything, and that’s OK. God is in control.’” God is in control. Stop trying to run the ship yourself. Stop trying to force things to happen. Do you claim to be a follower of Jesus? Then allow Him to lead! This includes your conversations with people and allowing Him to calm your nerves in inviting folks to join you in worship. Holy God, speak through me. Keep me invisible as You’re in control. In Jesus, amen.

 

Thursday: In Luke 19 we read the story of Zacchaeus. This man was most likely extremely wealthy and extremely popular. Buuuuut…his popularity wasn’t a good one. He was a tax collector and they were famous but famously hated at the same time. After he met Jesus his selfishness and greed were replaced with compassionate generosity and integrity. Know anyone who needs Jesus? Know anyone whose life needs some guidance? Are you praying for them? How many times have you invited them to worship with you? Let today be the day! Father, help us grow together. Help us reach out and help others discover the goodness of living in You. Thank You for forgiveness and hope. In Jesus name, amen.

 

Friday: In John 4, Jesus encounters a woman who was…well…known for getting around. She even came to get water in the hottest part of the day in hopes of ignoring the crowd. Did Jesus condemn here like society had? Nope. Did Jesus whisper to his friends about her like everyone else? Not a chance. Did he call her struggles out? He sure did, then He forgave her. Know what happened next? She left and told everyone about this. You could say she invited folks to Jesus! And those who knew her past believed as well. Folks need Jesus. It’s up to you to lead them to Him. Lord, help me. Help me shine bright. Help me to do whatever it takes to draw folks to You. In Jesus Name, amen.

 

Saturday: It’s no secret what God can do to a persons life. God gives us new beginnings. Spend today praying for tomorrows message and for Your One. Pray we learn to reach out and invite. Pray you can bring home this 82% of folks just waiting for an invitation. Lord, here I am. Use me. In Jesus name, amen.