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.
Paul’s UMC GPS:
GROW † PRAY † STUDY
for the week
February 24-29, 2020
Where Do You Sit?
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.
13 Instead, when you
give a banquet, invite the poor, crippled, lame, and blind. 14 And
you will be blessed because they can’t repay you. Instead, you will be repaid
when the just are resurrected.”
Luke 14:13-14 CEB
Merciful God, we find it hard to see in ourselves the
trappings our society so admires and serves—power, wealth, and access, that we forget mutual love.
We fail to see our allegiance to these dangerous
gods—rushing for places of honor, scorning the humble and lowly, supporting
systems that survive on
greed and abuse. Forgive us when we are fearful that
there is not enough.
Remind us that you are enough. Teach us your
generosity. Teach us your world-changing humility. Teach us your expansive
love. Transform us and heal our lives. Amen.
Feb 24, 2020 read Luke 14:1, 7-14. When
you read this passage what is it that stays on your mind the most? Now ask
yourself what is it about that part of the Scripture passage that stays with
you? Ask God what you are supposed to learn from that particular piece of the
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 read Luke
14:1-24. The setting is the Sabbath at a leading Pharisee’s house.
This passage refers to Sabbath practices, protocols at meals and who receives
an invitation to the banquet. The question that is on the mind of those present is ‘Will I be invited to the banquet?’ In usual Jesus fashion, He turns upside
down. The question Jesus challenges us with is, ‘Whom do you invite to the
banquet?’ This is a lesson in hospitality for us who embrace and embody the
message of Jesus to practice hospitality on the least and the lost.
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 read
Luke 14:1-6. The message of healing
“dropsy” is known to us as generalized edema (swelling of the body due to excess
fluid in the tissues). Dropsy in this context becomes a metaphor for greed.
Dropsy/edema creates an insatiable thirst even though the body retains too
much fluid. People who have an insatiable need for money, prestige, power-the
kind of people Jesus was breaking bread with on this Sabbath. The person with
dropsy needed a healing of the body's insatiable need for water even though
their body wasn’t processing it. The powerful at this Sabbath dinner needed a
healing of wanting more even though they already had enough. What are you
thinking as you realize the power of this metaphor?
Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 read Luke
14:7-14. Sharing food was a barometer of social
relations. Who eats with who? Where is the best place to sit for status? These
are questions of a high-stakes game of social status. We all like to think
that we aren't concerned with social status, but most of us are concerned. Would
you trade your social status with a lower level? Why or why not? Ask God to
help you understand what it means to be a person of power and position. Ask God
to help you understand how you can use your position to glorify and honor
Friday, Feb 28, 2020 read Luke
14:15-24. This is an example of a wealthy person with advanced status who
learned and put into practice what Jesus was instructing in verses 7 through
14. One way that we can put verses 7 through 14 into practice is to help at the
Soup Kitchen or bring in canned goods for the Food Basket.
Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 read Luke
14: 21-23. Outside the city walls
lived the truly despised and impure. On the roads and lanes of town you would
find the dwellings of those whose place was at the bottom of the social rung.
Take a drive in Idaho Falls today through the neighborhoods where the houses or
apartments look run down. Pray to know how God can use you to help the people
Resources: Bible by God