The scripture for today is Philippians 1:6-11.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God. “
My friends in Wichita are always surprised when they discover I still write devotions for my church at home. I enjoy this ministry for many reasons, but one main reason is no matter where I am or how busy I may be, I am forced to sit down and spend some time studying the Word. I enjoy doing my research and trying to gain some perspective on my assigned verse. Sometimes I read a verse and my devotion comes right to me, sometimes it takes some time of reflection and prayer to gather my thoughts. This is a process that helps me grow in knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and prepares me to be a witness to the world.
Paul’s letter reminds us the importance of growing our knowledge and understanding. While we all want to be witnesses of God’s love and mercy, we must also remember that God is constantly working on us as well. We are far from perfect and constantly need to be reminded of what is right and true. Lent is a season of reflection. This is an opportunity for us to spend some time in the word and refocusing our own hearts and minds. Only if we truly understand God’s Word, can we be effective witnesses and prepare for our Savior’s return.
It is so easy for us to get consumed with our desire to reach out and help those around us. We live in a busy world full of distractions and mixed messages. Let us use this Lenten season to spend some time in God’s Word, so that we can “discern what is best and be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”
Lord, thank you for these daily devotions. Thank you for the opportunity to spend some time studying your word and reminding us what is right in this crazy world. Help us to stay focused during this season of Lent. Amen
Karen DeMauro Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – Those who don’t have witnesses of God’s Word around them