As we have now begun in-person gathered worship, we will no longer be posting the 5 Day Devotionals, but I want to briefly call us to something significant as we’re coming out of this season.
The impetus behind the 5 Day Devotionals was the significant need that every Christian has for encouragement. Not worldly encouragement (though even that has been in short supply lately), but deep, meaningful, spiritual encouragement without which we will sink into apathy.
Spiritual Encouragement comes at the intersection of God’s Word and God’s people. One or the other will not do.
Over the past 3 months, we have missed this intersection. We have likely kept in touch with some of God’s people, which is good. And we have likely “kept in touch” with God’s word through the livestream and personal Bible Study, which is also good. But what we have missed is the intersection of the two.
The need of the hour for you and for me is to both give and receive Colossians 3:16 encouragement. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
This passage is not a call to a personal quiet time. It’s plural. “Let the Word of Christ dwell in Y’ALL richly.” We were never meant to do this thing alone. The purpose of the Sermon Devotional was not to keep our quiet times afloat, but to inhale the Word of God in order that we might exhale it to one another. To wrestle through conviction together. To see God’s beauty together. To mourn over sin together. To find grace in the Gospel together.
Yes, it’s awkward at first. No, it never feels like the right time to shift the conversation to God. Yes, your spouse, friend, son or daughter might get uncomfortable if you do it. But their spiritual life is at stake if you don’t. They are hearing thousands of mixed messages from a lost world. They need to hear the message of reconciliation from you. You are being bombarded with half-truths every day. You need to be built up with the truth of God’s Word.
Will you take those wobbly steps with me? Will you be the person who awkwardly shares a thought, a verse, a conviction, a desire, a delight, a burden from God’s word with another believer today? And tomorrow?