Editor’s Note: The AMI QT Devotionals from August 3-5 are corroborated by Jee Lee, who attends Remnant Westside Church in NYC, and Pastor Ryun.
Devotional Thought for Today
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth
We Christians love to learn, preferably in a classroom setting. However, some of the best lessons about God are learned beyond the four walls of the church, especially when we simply respond to situations to which the Holy Spirit leads us. And that’s what happened to Jee, who, despite his initial hesitation, approached a perfect stranger to share the gospel. He writes:
“There are many things God has taught me through this. For a while, I’ve been wanting to be a better communicator, to be able to present the gospel effectively like famous preachers. In reality, however, I find myself stumbling over words and barely getting out what’s in my heart. But God is teaching me that He is my help, to trust in His words and not mine. Through my inadequacy, He is showing me how good He really is. Perhaps He is growing my faith.
“Though sharing the gospel can look different in various places of the world, God is teaching me the common denominator: that He uses us, His people, the church, as vessels to share the good news. Just because God used the Bible to meet me when I was in India, it does not mean He will meet everyone in that way. Isn’t it true that many Muslims have come to believe after seeing Jesus in a vision? But the common denominator is His people. He has given us legs to reach them, ears to hear, a mouth to declare, and a heart to love. Perhaps this is the link between Jesus and His bride and the Great Commission. God is teaching me “The Word became flesh” applies to Jesus first but to His bride as well, in whom He resides.
“God has brought me from my birthplace in Montgomery, Alabama, with a population of 200,000 people, to New York City, where close to 9 million live—all made in His image. And God has brought you where you live; and there are many people there who have not heard the good news.
For Christ died on the cross for us. This is His post. Stay posted.”
Prayer: Lord, lend me Your eyes and heart, so that I can embody a genuine compassion for those who do not know You. God, help me to stop being so indifferent to spiritual plights of the people around me. Wake up my soul, so that I will stop being so spiritually selfish and start caring for others more! Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Psalm 131
Lunch Break Study
(Provided by Doug Tritton)
Read Luke 7:11-17: Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
Questions to Consider
- When Jesus saw the woman, how did He react?
- What did Jesus do for the woman?
- Who did you encounter today that is in need of compassion?
- The passage tells us that “when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her….” Though Jesus likely had a separate purpose for going to Nain, He saw the woman and had compassion on her. And more than that, He ministered to her in her need.
- Through Jesus’ healing, He restored the son back to the mother. She was obviously in much distress and grief; and Jesus recognizing this ministered directly to her need. He did not go into a long dialog or sermon but immediately “touched the bier” and raised the son back to life.
- This morning, did you run into anyone who seemed to be in need of love and compassion? How did you react? Ask God for the ability to see others and have compassion, just as Jesus loved this woman in the passage.
(Provided by Doug Tritton)
Take time to think about your schedule tomorrow. Is it so jam packed that there is no opportunity for unplanned love and ministry? Perhaps think of ways to make room in your day to love and show compassion to those you encounter.