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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, July 6, 2015
Recognizing the other believers as brothers and sisters in the family God, the Christians in Jerusalem shared all they had so that all could benefit from God’s gifts. It is tempting–especially if we have material wealth–to cut ourselves off from one another, concerning ourselves with only our interests and enjoying only our own little piece of the world. But as part of God’s spiritual family, it is our responsibility to help one another in every way possible. God’s family works best when its members work together. (NLT)
Acts 2:42-47 – They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and in prayer.
A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything they had. They sold their possessions and shared the proceeds with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity–all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.
Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds. — Hebrews 10:24 (NRSV)
Emily Bowen (Virginia) titled her story “UNSELFISH ROOTS;” here is a portion of Emily’s story:
“. . . ‘When live oak trees are planted together in a row,’ she said, ‘their roots not only intertwine but fuse together. This interdependent root system allows the live oaks to share water and nutrients and to form a stronger hold in the ground.’ She told us that when a hurricane had swept through that area, their live oaks sustained little damage because they were held strongly together in the earth.
“What would happen if Christians held as tightly together through the hurricanes of this life as those live oak trees did? What if we poured the strength, wisdom, and love that God has rained down on us into the lives of those experiencing hardship? What if we received that same strength, wisdom, and love from others when we ourselves are going through trials? God did not design us to live unto ourselves but created us to be a family, firmly bound together by our roots in our Creator.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God designed us to support one another through all life’s storms.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to hold fast to our family in Christ, freely giving and gratefully receiving. Amen.
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