Grow deeper Devotionals
a follow up to Concord Trinity UMC weekly sermon
The week of FEBRUARY 14
By Rev. Laura C. Taylor
Monday - Read Luke 4:1-12. Luke has a different order to the temptations of Jesus than in Matthew but all three are still there. The devil offers Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in exchange for his worship. What does Jesus reply in verse 8? What does this mean to you? How do you put God first and serve only God?
Tuesday – Read Deuteronomy 6: 1-9. Verse 4 is known in the Jewish tradition as “the Shema” which means to listen or hear something important. What is important about this verse? What does it look like to love God with everything you are and have? Why is it important to pass this emphasis on worshipping and loving God to future generations? How well are we doing at that in our family, church and community?
Wednesday – Read Exodus 20:1-11. What is the focus of the first four commandments? The commandments are not a set of rules to follow “just because” but are the best way for living in healthy covenant community with God and others. Why do you think God begins with the emphasis on keeping worship of God first in our lives? What kind of “gods” get in the way of us worshipping God, listening to God and spending time with God daily? How do you elevate the one true God in your life?
Thursday – Read Matthew 6:25-33. The verses about “do not worry” do not mean “do not think about” these things. What it means is, don’t obsess over these things to the neglect of other more important matters. What does verse 33 tell us our priority should be? What do you normally make your priority on a daily basis? How is that helping you to develop spiritual and physical wellness?
Friday – Read Matthew 4:1-11. As we finish our three-week reflection on the temptations of Jesus, what has connected with you the most? Why do you think Jesus responded to the devil with scripture? What was the devil trying to accomplish? How will you reflect on your life to determine if anything or anyone has taken up more space in your life than God? Worship and serve God first in your life.