40 Days Weekly Devotions

Devotional Series

40 Days, 23-28


| Mar 15, 2021

40 Days, 23-28

Daily Prayers

DAY 28 – MARCH 20

DAY 28 – MARCH 20

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DAY 27 – MARCH 19

DAY 27 – MARCH 19

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DAY 26 – MARCH 18

DAY 26 – MARCH 18

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DAY 25 – MARCH 17

DAY 25 – MARCH 17

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DAY 24 – MARCH 16

DAY 24 – MARCH 16

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DAY 23 – MARCH 15

DAY 23 – MARCH 15

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SERVICE – Taking on the role of servant, modeled after Jesus. Denying status or power; meeting people where they are, ministering to their needs, without expecting or wanting anything in return. To act out of humility and love for Jesus, sacrificially giving time, talent, and resources. Increasing one’s awareness of injustice, the marginalized, and those suffering multi-faceted poverty. 


STEWARDSHIP –
Greek: oikonomeó – administration, management, stewardship; careful and responsible management. Eliminating the concept of “mine” or “my” in relationship to money (income, profits, capital gains, investments, etc), spiritual gifts, possessions, or resources gained from status or position. Acknowledging all we have is from God, and is therefore God’s; we are mere stewards, or managers.


When you were really young, how did you respond to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Were you going to be an astronaut? A teacher? A firefighter? Maybe you didn’t care what you were going to be, other than to just be rich...or famous! If someone would have asked Jesus (and maybe they did), he would have answered, “A servant.” He came to serve, not to be served. To Jesus, being a servant meant a life of knowing the Father and fulfilling the greatest commandments: to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. 

He lived his life to give away. He never accumulated material wealth or possessions; he wasn’t a status-builder—his profile on Instagram and LinkedIn would have been understated, but those around him would have stories of miraculous works and selfless acts. He gave generously of everything he had...his time, his talents, and his resources. 

He sat for hours upon hours with people who had questions about his life, he attended dinners and weddings, and he walked and talked for days to teach about the essence of love and the kingdom of God. Jesus healed, calmed storms, fed thousands, and forgave sins. His greatest resource was his life, which he gave up in a final act of service and sacrifice. 

Jesus modeled service and stewardship. Stewardship, the management of God’s resources, gives one the margin to focus outside of one’s own wants and desires and to bring attention to God’s provision and sustaining grace. Jesus talked about the dangers of accumulating wealth for the sake of wealth alone. He preached about living with humility and showing mercy to others. His message was clear about how to engage with the world in a healthy and peaceful way. He said to give your first and best cheerfully to the Lord, give generously to the poor, visit and bring hope to the prisoners, lift up and advocate for the marginalized to help end injustices, and feed the hungry. These ways of love can only be accomplished by a commitment to steward faithfully and serve sacrificially. 
As you read each prayer and Scripture, you have the opportunity to practice the spiritual discipline mentioned and explore how it enriches your relationship with God.

PRACTICE SERVICE: Service is a simple, powerful way we can demonstrate Jesus’ love to others. This week, prayerfully consider how you can serve others in your circle–and beyond. Maybe your neighbor needs help mowing the lawn or maybe you can deliver some groceries for a friend who is in a busy season. Look around for ways you can quietly care for someone in need, and allow God to work in these incredible, special moments. 

PRACTICE STEWARDSHIP: Stewardship is not an easy discipline to practice. To separate yourself from your possessions, resources, and wealth is challenging, but it is endlessly rewarding when we reorient ourselves to how God intended these things to be used. Start with a practical step toward intentional stewardship this week: creating and implementing a budget. Whether it’s on a sheet of paper, in a spreadsheet, or through an app, taking inventory of your finances can help you see where you can be generous, where you can be a little more responsible, and possibly what extraneous spending you can eliminate altogether.

 

WATCH AND LISTEN:

How Then Shall I Live?” message

Listen to “Worthy” worship song

EXPLORE:

Volunteer opportunities

Financial health resources

READ:

The Widow’s Offering” devotion

Treasures” devotion 

Glossary of Terms