Today’s AMI QT Devotional is provided by Joe Suh who serves as a pastor intern at the Church of Southland (Anaheim, California).
Devotional Thought for This Morning
“We Are Not Alone”
And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
For those who know me personally, they know that I am extreme extrovert. I truly love being surrounded by people and feed off the energy of others. So, as you can imagine, this “Safer at Home” situation is not the best for me. As much as I love spending time with my wife and children, I also have a true need to interact with other people. Maybe it is working for you and you are enjoying the isolation; I can’t say the same about me.
The current would we live in is separate and apart. We are “siloed” in our own little world. As much as we are trying to stay connected, I can’t help but feel a little isolated. Even going to the market or running an errand away from the home does not satisfy my desire to be in contact with other people.
As Christians, we are called to be a community of believers. We are not created to be wholly independent people who are completely self-sufficient. God designed us to be completely dependent on Him and interdependent upon one another within our community. We see this very clearly in Genesis 2:18 “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.’” So, whether an extrovert or introvert, to varying degrees we all need each other.
So then, what do we do in times like these? How do we still function as a community of believers? How do we stay connected with each other? There are so many people in our communities who are in need. There is true fear and anxiousness, not only about the spread of Covid-19, but about the future of our economy, jobs, schools, churches, families, and the list goes on.
As we attempt to “social distance” ourselves from physical interaction my hope and prayer is that we are mindful to do our best to check-in with one another through whatever means available. Whether it is through a Zoom meeting, a Google Hangout, an email, a text, or even an old-fashioned telephone call, let us all be mindful to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. Checking in more often with our family, friends, church members, and even acquaintances is crucial during this time. There is definitely a need to social distance but let us not forget to continue to show our love and support for one another.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, remind us to that we are called to be a community of believers. As such, let us be sensitive to each other’s needs and support each other as best we can. Through this time let us lean on our faith in You and remain unified as body of Christ. In Jesus name, Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 59
Lunch Break Study
Read Philippians 1:27-39: “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.”
Questions to Consider
- What is Paul’s command to the Philippian Church? (v. 27)
- What is the sign of destruction Paul referring to in v. 28?
- In what ways are we to suffer for His sake? (vv. 29-30)
- Paul is calling them to conduct themselves worthy of the gospel. He understands that a credible witness for the gospel must be set apart from the rest of the world. Additionally, there must be unity among them as they stand as one in spirit and for the work to be done.
- The sign of destruction refers to God’s final judgement against those that stand against Him. The salvation promised is the deliverance from God for all those that believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
- Personal reflection.
In what ways are you connecting with your community? Were you able to engage with others outside of your home in a meaningful way? Is there anyone that comes to mind that you should reach out to? Take some time to ask God to reveal a person that needs a personal touch. If God reveals a person to you, whomever it may be, take a moment to reach out tomorrow.