Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 34 of 52
Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/EsTzkEaOoYE “Less Of Me” By Gateway Youth
A “rainbow” painted just for you: The Greatest Conversation Of Your Life – “Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. Matthew 25:34 (NLT)
Most of us can probably recall awkward conversations in which we just wanted the floor to literally swallow us whole. I don’t know that the floor has ever followed through on swallowing any of us… probably a good thing as with my luck the floor probably would have choked on me and I would have ended up sprawled back out on the tile more mortified than before! From experience, facing open communication no matter how awkward the moment, is the best way to go. We see in scripture God has afforded us an “out” of a potentially very awkward conversation moment (to say the least). How? You ask… by giving us the topic of discussion ahead of time! We don’t get an “out” of the conversation but we do get to prepare for it thus making it a most delightful experience!
Matthew 25:35-36 tells me God is going to ask me about 6 things. “Beloved… now about the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned…let’s discuss how you loved Me.”
What would your side of the conversation sound like?
If it’s not yet, “I fed You, I gave You a drink, I invited You into my home, I gave You clothing, I cared for You and I visited You.” Then with the breath in your lungs and the beat in your heart (that only God Almighty could give you) use it today to write your side of the conversation! Jesus left us His example to follow in all of these situations.
The greatest commandment is love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27) Luke 10:25-42 finds a guy asking Jesus who his neighbor is and Jesus responds in a way that He gives us a clear picture as to what neighborly looks like. If we will just be neighborly, a reflection of His Son, He will bring the “neighbors” to us!
More than anything I’m sure we all want the end of our greatest conversation with the Lord to be, …‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me! … (23) ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! …Come and share your master’s happiness!‘ (Matthew 25:40, 23)
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: Matthew 25:34 with someone
PRAY/READ: John 3:30 and Luke 10:25-42
DISCUSS: How have you experienced the grace of God through another person?
ACT: Who would least expect an act of kindness from you this week? Now act on it.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read Matthew 4:4 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________
*Read John 4:13-14 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________
*Read John 15:15 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________
*Read Isaiah 61:10 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________
*Read Mark 2:17 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________
*Read Isaiah 61:1 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: ______________________________________________________________________________________
*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?
Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___