Week Five – Day 6

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SERVICE DAY – Visit someone who is sick or is a shut-in.  Take time to encourage them with a meal, prayer, or gift.  Ask God to use you to be a blessing to their lives.  Ask if you could pray for their healing or strength.  Follow God’s leading.

Devotional:

One of our family friends has a disease that slowly damaged both of her kidneys.  She was in need of a kidney transplant.  Her husband was able to donate one of his kidneys.  What love he must have for his wife to sacrifice a part of his body in order to save her life!  We would all like to think that we would do the same for someone we love.  Most likely we would.  

But what about a complete stranger?  What about someone who was a criminal?  What about someone who hated us?  Would we sacrifice a part of our body to save their life?

Jesus did not sacrifice only one part of His body for our sins, but He gave His life.  In His body He bore the sins of the world.   What a great weight to bear!  And He did it not only for the people who would love Him, but those who were criminals and were crucified beside Him.  He did it for those would hate Him.

Can we look at the people we come in contact with today as people for whom Jesus died?  There may be some that are easy to see, and then there are others who are much harder.  Let’s make it our intention to see the world through the branches of the tree on which Jesus died.  This indeed will help us to die to sin and live to righteousness.

Service Suggestions:

  • See if they need anything from the grocery store
  • Ask them if there is a favorite snack or treat you can pick up for them.
  • Bring over a copy of your favorite book or movie to share
  • Take a moment and pray for God to heal them and give them strength   

Prayer Focus:

Pray that you will live your life as Christ intends and sacrifice yourself so that others may find the Shepherd of their souls.

Key Scripture:

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
I Peter 2:24 NIV

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