Monday, February 4th Devotional

Posted: February 4, 2013 by Disciples Young Adult Commission in Devotionals, Young Adult Stories

Rev. Suzanne Kerr

Lee’s Summit Christian Church, Missouri

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I was blessed to help lead a College Mission Trip to Chicago during Winter Break this January. This was an incredible group of Young Adults who served boldly, listened prayerfully to the needs and circumstances of the people we served alongside, and built a loving and silly community during these long days we shared together. It was great timing for the trip, since most college students have several weeks of break—many in our group shared that they were so thankful to be doing something meaningful during this break from school.

Three churches partnered together for this mission experience— Lee’s Summit Christian Church of Lee’s Summit, MO and First Christian Church & Broadway Christian Church both of Columbia, MO. We served in elementary schools each morning, reading with children and helping teachers with administrative tasks so that they could focus on their students. In the evenings we served in soup kitchens, preparing food and serving the guests who came to eat.

Each morning before we split into two groups to go out to our mission sites, we had a few moments of scripture and prayer to get our day started. One morning, one of the students led our devotional time. Jordan is on the journey of answering her call to ministry and is in discernment about which seminary to attend. The Scripture she chose to share with us was from Jude, a book that I honestly have not spent much time reading or studying.

Jude 1:17-24 from The Message

17-19 But remember, dear friends, that the apostles of our Master, Jesus Christ, told us this would happen: “In the last days there will be people who don’t take these things seriously anymore. They’ll treat them like a joke, and make a religion of their own whims and lusts.” These are the ones who split churches, thinking only of themselves. There’s nothing to them, no sign of the Spirit!

20-21 But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!

22-23 Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.

Do you ever feel like you are getting off-course on your faith journey, or that you are distant from God? Some of my college and young adult friends share that they often struggle with their faith. Many are in new cities, away from their family & their faith community and have a difficult time trying to connect to a new community of faith. It can be distressing to think about those weak spots in our faith. We face so many transitions and so much change in our young adult years, we might be wondering,

“Where is the solid ground?” Jude reminds us to stay in the center of God’s love. This is where faith, prayer, hope, & mercy reside. Go easy on yourself, show yourself grace, when you are wavering in your faith. Know that God loves you, and focus on centering yourself in that love.

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Dear God, call me back to you.

Give me patience and tenderness for

those who struggle with faith,

including myself. Center my life in

your love, hope, & mercy.

Amen

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