|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
Our Bible verse for today: “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” “The one who showed mercy to him,” he said. Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.” Luke 10:36-37 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “We need more than lessons and proclamations.”
Kosuke Koyama was an unusual and interesting man. He was a Japanese Christian who spent many years living and working as a Bible scholar and teacher in Thailand. He then became Dean of the South East Asia Graduate School of Theology in Singapore, and then he taught philosophy and religion at the University of Otago in New Zealand.
He once wrote a book with the title “Three Mile an Hour God”. Three miles an hour is the average walking speed of a healthy adult. The premise of Koyama’s book was that God walks with us through life at our speed. God is patient and unhurried with us, and He is perfectly content to walk with us through life at the speed we can handle. As He walks goes along with us, He guides us, teaches us, and bestows many blessings upon us. He also brings other brothers and sisters alongside to make the journey with us. And that thought brings us to the subject of today’s daily devotional.
Today is Saturday. Tomorrow you will gather with your church family for worship and fellowship. One of the reasons God will have us all together is so that we can support, encourage, and bless one another on His behalf. As we’ve already learned in this devotional series, one of the primary ways in which God expresses His love and care for us is through the actions of other Christians.
Unfortunately, as Kosuke Koyama points out in his book, far too often we teach lessons about love and blessings, and we make proclamations about love and blessings, but we don’t actually bestow love and blessings. But we need more than just lessons and proclamations about love and blessings. We need to actually be loved and blessed. That was pretty much Jesus’ point in the parable of the Good Samaritan cited above. He doesn’t want us to just learn the lesson and then teach it to others, he wants us to “go and do the same”.
We’re all walking together with God on this journey through life. It’s like a group of Boy Scouts out on a hike together. God is the Scout Master, the guide, and He is teaching us to look out for each other and to help each other as we travel along the way. I encourage you to be alert tomorrow for those in your church family who are in special need of experiencing God’s love and blessings. God wants to use you to lift up and encourage them.
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