Devotions for August 11, 2016

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Romans 15:7-13 (MSG)

So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! For instance:

Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing;
I’ll sing to your name!
And this one:

Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together!
And again:

People of all nations, celebrate God!
All colors and races, give hearty praise!
And Isaiah’s word:

There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse,
breaking through the earth and growing tree tall,
Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope!
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: What do we welcome people into? As “non-Jews” we were essentially “outsiders” to God’s family. Write out all the things this passage says about both “insiders” and “outsiders”.

Q: Have you ever rejoiced at the fact that God took “outsiders” (us) and made them “insiders” through Jesus? Take some time and Praise the Lord for this today!

Q: Who are the “outsiders” that you know that God is calling you to help become “insiders”. Who can you welcome into God’s glory this week?

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