GPS: Grow, Pray & Study

GPS for the week of July 25, 2021

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“Spirit Of Servanthood

 

As Christians, we strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.  In doing this, we accept the spirit of servanthood.  As servants, we are called to embody Christ in every way that we possibly can.  This includes our attitude, mindset, and relationship with others.  In order to do this successfully, we first must maintain and grow in our relationship with Christ.  This week we hear about how Jesus uses this mindset to transform our lives, and the lives of those around us.

 

Prayer:  Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the opportunity to know you.  As we go about our lives this week, allow us to be transformed.  Put in us the spirit of servanthood so we can serve those around us.  Allow us to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ this week.  Amen

 

Monday 7.26         “Childlike Wonder”            Mark 10: 13-16

In this passage, Jesus emphasizes the importance of children.  In those days, children were not viewed as a blessing, but as a burden.  Jesus says that we need to receive the kingdom of God “like a child.”  What do you think this means?  What does it look like for you to be like a child?

 

Tuesday 7.27         “Servanthood”                   Mark 10: 17-25

As Jesus and the rich man are talking, Jesus tells him that in order to inherit the Kingdom of God he must sell everything he has and give the proceeds to the poor.  In doing this, Jesus is encouraging this man to take on the spirit of servanthood.  What does it look like to serve others?  How do you embody Christ when doing so?

 

Wednesday 7.28  “Astonished and Afraid”        Mark 10: 32-34

Again, Jesus predicts and foreshadows what is about to come: his crucifixion and resurrection.  At the beginning of this passage it is emphasized that the disciples were astonished, but the others were afraid.  Are you ever afraid when spreading the gospel with others?  What is the best way to work around that fear?

Thursday 7.29      “Holding onto the Gospel”

Corinthians 15: 1-2

As Christians, we have received the gospel and come to accept it into our lives.  As Paul reiterates, it is important to firmly hold onto the gospel.  How is it that you maintain a firm hold on the gospel?  How does this shape your everyday life?

 

Friday 7.30           “Trials in our Faith”          James 1: 2-4

We face decisions every single day.  Some are substantial, some of not.  In the midst of these decisions, we are guaranteed to face different trials.  This is especially true when it comes to our faith. It is not easy to be followers of Jesus Christ.  How have you faced trials in your faith?  What did you do to overcome them?

 

Saturday 7.31               “Excitement”                     Mark 10: 46-52

As Jesus is traveling, he comes across Bartimaeus on the road.  As the disciples call him over to Jesus, they tell him to “cheer up.”  Upon telling him this, he jumps up and comes to Jesus.  This shows how incredibly happy and excited he is to be welcomed to come to Jesus.  When was the last time that you were excited about your faith?  What happened to initiate that excitement?