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WEEK 46

October 11 – October 17

DAILY READINGS

Sunday

1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

Monday

2 Corinthians 12:1-21; Psalm 125:1-5; Proverbs 28:1-3

Tuesday

2 Corinthians 13:1-14; Psalm 126:1-6; Proverbs 28:4-6

Wednesday

Hebrews 1:1-14; Psalm 127:1-5; Proverbs 28:7-9

Thursday

Hebrews 2:1-18; Psalm 128:1-6; Proverbs 28:10-12

Friday

Hebrews 3:1-19; Psalm 129:1-8; Proverbs 28:13-15

Saturday

Hebrews 4:1-13; Psalm 130:1-8; Psalm 131:1-3; Proverbs 28:16-18

DEVOTIONAL: READ 1 THESSALONIANS 3:1-13

Paul invested all he had in order to see the life-changing power of the gospel come alive in other people. He poured his life into others, to see them pour their lives into others for the sake of the gospel. After being away from the Thessalonians, he sent Timothy to check on them. He wanted to know the state of their faith after the investment he and others had made.

Timothy returned to Paul and reported of the Thessalonians’ faith and love. God had used the spiritual investment of others to change the lives of the Thessalonians. God is ultimately the only One who can change someone’s heart. Only He can save.

As is evident studying Paul’s journey, not every attempt to share the gospel will feel like a success. There will be opposition and suffering, and it may sometimes be difficult to see how the gospel is advancing. Following God is a lifelong commitment, and there are endless challenges to a person’s faith.

However, when God is working through us, there is eternal value in all spiritual investments! Whether it is through prayer, Bible study, parenting, or acts of service, when a follower of Christ invests in the life of another person, God has the ability to make the gospel come alive. God can work in any situation and can use anyone who is willing to follow Him.

People invest their lives in many different ways. May we invest our lives in a way that really matters and has an eternal impact. May we offer all of our time and resources for God to use, investing in the lives of others. May we see the advancement of the gospel and hear reports of those transformed by the good news living lives of faith and love. The gospel cannot be stopped!

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REFLECTION

Where are you investing your life? Your time? Your money? Your gifts? How could you see these grow?

Who has invested in you? Send them an encouraging word of how the gospel is active in your life.

How have you seen God advance the gospel in your home or community? How can you adjust your life to take part in that kingdom-work happening around you?

DISCUSSION

Who are you currently investing your life into?

PRAYER

Gracious Father, thank You for sending Your Son to seek and save sinners like me. I humbly pray that You give me a new, fresh understanding of Your loveYour advent, Your ministry, Your death, Your resurrection, Your ascension, the entirety of Your lifein this moment. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear the unstoppable work of Your gospel that brings salvation to all who believe.

King Jesus, You are sovereign over all things, and Your will is to one day restore the peace and flourishing of all creation. Align my will to Yours, and allow Your Church to increase and abound in love.

God, give me boldness and courage to share Your good news with those around me. Allow Your truth, goodness, and beauty to be revealed in and through the way I serve others. Allow me to plant seeds of Your unfailing love in the hearts and lives of those You have placed in my path, trusting Your Spirit to do the good work of growing new life in precious souls.

Your will be done! We rest and glory in that reality. Amen.

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