Each week, we offer daily Scripture readings and thoughts in our Grow • Pray • Study (GPS) Guide.
Come back on Mondays for the weekly GPS, and spend time in study and prayer daily!
You matter to God.
Currencies - Truth
November 20th through November 25th
Destination: To gain a deeper
understanding of what it means to be a deeply committed follower of God, Jesus,
and the Holy Spirit. To be able to recognize your experiences of God and
to discover God in new and different ways.
Memory verse: I encourage you to
read this Scripture every day and by the end of the week have it memorized or
to the point of where you can paraphrase the verse(s). Try writing it
down on post-it notes and place them in areas where you will see it daily, for
example, the bathroom mirror or the dashboard of your car.
call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you speak correctly, because I am. If I, your
Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other’s feet. I
have given you an example: Just as I have done, you also must do. I assure you,
servants aren’t greater than their master, nor are those who are sent greater
than the one who sent them. Since you know these things, you will be happy if
you do them. John 13:13-17 CEB
Daily Prayer: Jesus, we thank You that You washed us in
baptism and made us clean. Thank You for giving up Your life and serving us, so
we can have true life. Help us use our life to serve You and serve other
people. We pray in Your name. Amen.
Monday, Nov 20, 2017 read John 13:1 - 20. Jesus was and is the
ultimate servant. In this passage, Jesus is modeling the attitude of a servant
to His disciples. Washing the feet of guests was the job of a servant. The
disciples had missed this important detail in preparing for the meal. None of
them thought to step in and do it for themselves and so Jesus models for them
and us the humble act of servanthood. Jesus wrapped a towel around His waist as
the lowliest servant in the household would have done and washed and dried the disciples’
feet. Imagine Jesus wrapped in a servants towel, bending over a bowl of water
and washing the dirt off your feet. Then looking up into your eyes. What do you
feel? How are you being a servant of Jesus Christ?
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 read John 13:12
- 15. Jesus
did not wash His disciples’ feet just so they would have clean feet for dinner.
Jesus washed His disciples’ feet as a way of extending His mission into the
world. Jesus was modeling for them the act of servanthood so that the disciples
then, and us today, would move in the world serving God and each other. How are
you God’s servant in St. Paul’s and in the world?
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 read 1 Corinthians 4:1. “Let a man regard us in
this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” This verse reminds us of
the truth of what it means to be a disciple. We are servants of Christ and we
are entrusted with the mysteries of God. Read that again and allow that truth
to settle into your mind, heart, and soul. A servant is one who does what their
master tells them to do. As a servant disciple, we are to do what God tells us
to do through the Scriptures and through the continual revealing of truth
through the Holy Spirit.
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 read 1 Chronicles 16:34. Give thanks to God today. Have conversations with your family
today about what they give thanks to God for.
Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 read Revelation 22:13. The spirit of truth…the spirit of emet, calls us to attempt
to understand multiple points of view. One of the lessons we receive from God
through Jesus is to love our enemies—a radical demand of the spirit of
truth. I don’t know my enemies truth unless I am willing to see the
conflict from “my enemies” point of view. Not an easy thing to do, nor
can I always get there. I am challenged to see the world from God’s perspective,
not just my own. God loves me. God also loves those whom I consider
my enemy. Now, what do I do?
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 Read 1 Corinthians 15:58. Paul says that because of the resurrection nothing we do for the
Lord is wasted. Sometimes we hesitate to sacrifice our time for God because the
results are not immediate. If you give God your time, he multiplies it. If you give him
your money or energy, he multiplies those, too. As I’ve mentioned here before,
it’s like planting seeds. Farmers know that seeds must be sacrificed by being
buried in the ground; they must be given away to do any good. Review your
servant opportunities and pledge cards that you were given in worship. How will
you give of yourself to God this next year?
Resources: Bible by God;
Holy Currencies by Eric Law