“The Wednesday Word” Podcast & Devotional
We thought it would be a great idea to have a mid-week recap & refresh of Pastor David’s Sunday sermon. Let’s make sure that we are learning all we can from them!
Pastor David’s Wednesday devotional will be related to the Sunday sermon in some way. It could be an expansion on a theme, a different twist, or some kind of content related to Sunday’s sermon. Various staff members and parishioners will gather to discuss the devotional and how it relates to our lives and maybe give some practical application of the word.
You can listen to the audio version in your car, while doing housework, during your workout, or whenever is most convenient for you. We want you to be able to access it at any time that is the right time for you to have a few minutes to read and reflect on it.
Pastor David’s devotional for August 31,2022
Matthew 7:12-14 and 21
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Last Sunday, I finished my sermon series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. During the sermon, I talked about the very human experience of coming to a fork in the road. We have experienced it often: needing to decide about what will come next for us in our lives. One such fork in the road for those of us who are Christians was the decision to follow Jesus. Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ was a decision we made. What is your story about how and or why you decided to follow Jesus?
Toward the end of the Sermon on the Mount, right after talking about false prophets, Jesus said “not everyone who cries Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father.” Those words were certainly meant for false prophets who lead people astray in Jesus’ name. But we do well to pay attention to them as well. Jesus was telling us that the Christian life is more than simply believing in Jesus. Disciples of Jesus are people who believe in Jesus and try to follow him. What does following Jesus mean to you? How does being a follower of Jesus impact the way you live your life?
For me, living out the Golden Rule is an important part of discipleship. Jesus exemplifies the Golden Rule and as his followers we are called to try and live accordingly. Think about the Golden Rule ( do unto others as you would have them do unto you) for a moment. What does the Golden Rule mean to you?
When thinking about the meaning of the Golden Rule, it is important that we not understand it as a self-serving rule. I will be kind to you so that you are kind to me—as if how I am treated is what is most important. Instead, I believe Jesus wants us to be concerned about how our lives impact people around us. The decisions we make and the actions we take can impact people in positive ways or negative ways. Jesus Golden Rule instructs us to be intentional in impacting people in positive ways. Throughout most days each one of us will encounter some people, some may be in person and some may be by phone, text or email. But most of us will connect with someone through the day. What is a simple thing you could do to bring blessing to the life of someone you connect with today?
Of course, following Jesus brings blessings upon us as well. In Matthew 7:14 Jesus said that the path of following him is one that leads to life. For me, as I have followed Jesus, he has poured out upon me grace upon grace. He healed me of fear and welled up within me trust in God. He forgave my sins and gave me a blessed assurance. Because of my faith, I have a deep and abiding joy. I can go on. But how about you? How has following Jesus impacted your life? How has your life been enriched? Don’t answer too quickly—think deeply about this question. Then think about telling someone you encounter today—it just might bless their life.
God bless you and I will see you in church.