I am starting a three-week series for our fall stewardship focus, using Sunday texts. You can use these as a devotion, an anticipation (or review) of the Sunday focus, or just an encouragement in your own faith journey.
Two Bible readings for this week portray followers becoming jealous, or protecting their turf. There are times when we can probably relate. We are working on something, and then someone else gets some credit, or takes some of the limelight, or seems to upstage us. Can you think of a time when that has happened to you? Maybe at school, or at work, or even at church?
That reaction is natural. It is human. And it is revealing. Is this about me? Or is this about God? Is another talented person, another worker, another helper…a threat to me, or a gift to God’s mission?
If God has been generous to us – and God has been!!! – then how do we respond? If we love God with all our heart, mind, and strength, how will we view others who are trying to do the same? How do we see God’s grace, and our experience of it? Is God’s love a banquet table with limited food and seats…and every new person squeezes us out a bit and means smaller helpings? Or is God’s love a candle, and each new person means passing along the light, lighting another candle, not losing anything, and brightening up the world around us?
We love as God first loved us. Generously. Light the candles. Let’s be part of God’s mission.
Prayer: Generous God, remind me that your love is limitless. Forgive me when I think too small, and get caught up in my own turf, my own agendas. Draw me in to your mission, and give me the excitement and gratitude of being able to do my part, with so many others, as part of y
our mission and your church. Amen