Adam’s Devotional – August 17-23, 2017

From Adam


God does not need us to be perfect.  God does not need us to earn God’s call.  God calls us even though we aren’t put together and even though we don’t have it all figured out.  Just look at Jonah.  God keeps calling him even after he ran away.  If that doesn’t disqualify you, what does? Then when Jonah finally does what God wants by going to Nineveh he doesn’t even finish the job.  Nineveh is a three day walk and he only goes one day.  He did ⅓ of what he was called to do.  The great news is that God receives our meager attempts at faithfulness and even our deliberate disobedience and he works with us.  What excuses do you make to not be a part of what God is up to?  In what ways do you run the other way?  How have you responded to God’s call by just giving a half hearted effort?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – August 10-16, 2017

From Adam

“Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land.”  Don’t you just love it when the Bible uses the word spewed? Jonah may be the only person to receive salvation by spewing. #salvationbyspewing.  The first thing that happens to Jonah when he’s lying there on the sand, freshly freed from the digestive juices of the fish’s belly, is God’s call.  God wastes no time in calling Jonah again to go to Nineveh. Jonah has been pretty clear that this is something he does not want to do and has given God plenty of reasons to give up on him, but God calls Jonah again anyway.  Do you think that you’ve given God good reason not to call you?  God’s calling you anyway.  Do you think you’ve given God good reason not to save you?  You’ve been spewed and saved anyway.  What is it that God is calling you to do with the gift of your life? Do you really not want to do it? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – August 3-9, 2017

From Adam

So Jonah is sitting in the belly of a big fish for 3 days and 3 nights.  From the very beginning of the story until now Jonah has not said one word to God.  Then, in that big fish’s belly, Jonah stops running, he breaks his silence, and he prays to God.  In the prayer, he remembers who God is, what God is like, and his despair is replaced by grateful worship.  The more time we spend away from God, the more we forget about who God is and who we are.  When Jonah returns to God in prayer, he remembers God’s love and calling.  When is the last time you talked to God?  What have you forgotten about God’s love and presence?  What would it take for you break the silence between you and God and pray? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.  

Adam’s Devotional – July 27- August 2, 2017

From Adam

Remember in the story of Jonah when the sailors throw Jonah into the sea to stop the storm?  Jonah is running from God, has disobeyed God, and it’s not hard to imagine that Jonah believes he’s going to pay for this disobedience with his life. But even though Jonah was running from God, God did not run from Jonah. God sends a huge fish to save him. God could have let Jonah die, but God doesn’t.  God saves this person who is resisting and running away from their calling.  God had already made God’s decision about Jonah long before Jonah ran.   Are you running from God?  What do you think about the fact that even though you run from God, God doesn’t run from you?  Do you believe that God has already made up God’s mind about you?  Like it or not, God has already decided to love you and to call you to love.  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional- July 20-26, 2017

From Adam

So Jonah was sailing away from God on a boat, and God sends a storm to stop him.  The sailors find out that the storm is Jonah’s fault, and they ask him what to do.  Jonah tells them: You have to throw me overboard.  He realizes that it is his disobedience that has made this mess, and rather than take these sailors down with him, he takes responsibility.  At first, the sailors refuse, but after throwing everything except Jonah into the sea and straining at the oars to row back to land, they’re out of options.  It is with fear and trembling that they throw Jonah into the sea, and as if someone flipped a switch, the storm stops.  The sailors thought their way was the only way, their way was the right way and that they were the ones supposed to save Jonah and the ship.  But they were wrong.  How often do we all behave like the sailors?  How often do we allow legitimate fear to hold us back from faith? Where are the storms in your life that you have refused to allow God into?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional- July 13-19, 2017

From Adam…

When God sent Jonah to Nineveh, Jonah purposefully ran the other way.   When Jonah was on the boat heading to not-Nineveh, God brought a storm.  The sailors tried everything to keep the ship afloat, but it was not looking good.  The boat was going to sink and Jonah had no idea because he was sleeping.  That’s right, the sailors had to wake him up to help save the ship.  They asked him who he was and what God he worshiped. Even though Jonah was running from reality, the sailors remind him of his true identity and calling on that boat in the midst of the storm.  How often are we fast asleep in the storms of life? How have you allowed resisting or running from God’s call to put you in a state of denial about the truth? What sailors has God sent your way to wake you up and remind you who you are and what you’re called to do? God’s up to something . . . wake up and be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – July 6-12, 2017

From Adam…

Jonah is on the run.  He has heard very clearly God’s call to go to Nineveh (the city of Jonah’s enemies), and he has clearly made a decision to run the other way.  God’s up to something, and Jonah does not want to be a part of it.  He runs straight to the coast, finds a boat going to other side of the known world, buys a ticket, and hops aboard.  He’s running from God’s presence and God’s call.  What’s fascinating is that the story includes him purchasing a ticket.  Running away from God costs him something, literally. When you run away from God, where is the opposite side of the known world of your soul?  How has running from God cost you?  What currency have you paid to buy a one way ticket away from God?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – June 29-July 5, 2017

From Adam…

Is it a whale or is it a big fish? People love to debate that question when it comes to the story of Jonah.  God comes to Jonah and tells him to go to Nineveh and bring God’s message to them.  Jonah has zero desire to go to Nineveh.  He actually “flees from the presence of the Lord.”  That’s how badly he doesn’t want to go.  How many of us are just like Jonah?  How many of us want the perks of God’s presence with us but not God’s call to action?  Where could God be sending you?  Your family?  Your school? Your workplace?  Are you running from God’s call or are you claiming your identity as one who is sent by and with God?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.  

Adam’s Devotional- June 22-28, 2017

From Adam…

I handed them sheets of paper and asked them to write down a question that they wanted to ask God.  They all thought for a moment and then silently wrote their question at the top of their paper.  I told them to take the paper home, look at it every day, and pray the question to God every day.  . . . A week later we gathered back together and they all brought their questions with them.  We spent a few moments in prayer and then I asked them to write down what they thought God was saying. One student who was intimately acquainted with death in his life asked this question: What happens when you die? This was the response he got from God: I meet you in the darkness and walk you into the light.  I’m not making this stuff up people.  God’s up to something . . . Be a part of it

Adam’s Devotional – June 15-21, 2017

From Adam

You should do as I have done.  That’s what Jesus tells his disciples after he washes their feet in the 13th chapter of John’s gospel.  Christ calls us to love one another the way Christ has loved us.  We just got back from the West Virginia mission trip, and as happens every time, we all feel like there is something special about West Virginia because of the closeness we feel with God and one another.  But West Virginia isn’t special.  Jesus is.  He tells his disciples later in chapter 13, “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”  If we love one another the way Christ loves us- if we actually do it- then we are blessed with a closeness to God and a closeness to each other.  That’s what happens in West Virginia, and it can happen here, too.  How are you loving others like Christ loves you? What are you doing to learn more about the way Christ loves?  What can you do to love with the love of Christ? Is there a place that you are already doing it? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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