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This Changes Everything Day 26

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Scripture: Galatians 6:2 Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you fulfill the law of Christ.

Devotional: As we navigate through the current pandemic, we are finding ourselves living in an unprecedented time in our lifespan. And because of it, many people are carrying heavy burdens.  Financial burdens, emotional health burdens, loss of purpose, stress, the list goes on and on. 

Perhaps you are feeling the weight of all this as well.  Despite that, you can still be an agent of God’s mercy.  When you reach out and share the load of another’s burden, chances are, yours will feel lighter. 

So if you’ve been finding yourself isolating and withdrawing beyond the appropriate social distancing measures, give thought to how you might reach out and help carry the burden of another. Whether in large ways or small, loving your neighbor and showing them mercy is needed now more than ever.

Reflect:

  • Pray for God to lay on your heart one person and one way you can help carry their burden. Then take action and do it.

This Changes Everything Day 25

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Scripture: Matthew 9:10-13 That night Matthew invited Jesus to dinner with his fellow tax collectors and many other ‘notorious sinners. The Pharisees were indignant. “Why does your Teacher eat with such scum?” they asked. When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do!” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: I want you to be merciful, not offer sacrifices! For I’ve come to invite sinners to me, not those who think they are righteous.”                                                     

Devotional: Remember the fad of WWJD bracelets?  What would Jesus do? became a buzz phrase that swept the country.  This passage shows us exactly what Jesus would do.  He hung out with the undesirables of His day, and was criticized greatly for it, particularly by the religious elite. 

Have you ever been guilty of criticizing someone for the “scum” they hung out with? Have you ever been fearful of hanging with an unsavory person because of what others might think? 

Jesus demonstrates that we can be an agent of mercy when we offer our ministry of presence with those who might be surprised we would hang with them.  How might you overcome the barriers that separate you from the very people for whom Jesus is calling you to minister?

Reflect:

  • Envision the people Jesus might hang out with in your community: a certain people group, a particular family or person, someone who is down and out. What can you do to follow Jesus’ example?

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