Today’s topic for the Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional for Friday, January 6, 2023 is Selfless Service. The Bible text is from Luke 3 verse 15 to 22. You may choose to read from the below scripture or read from your personal bible. WE copied our own version from the New International Version (NIV). See also: The Anglican Daily Fountain Devotionals for Wednesday, January 4, 2023
The Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional for Friday, January 6, 2023
Friday, January 6, 2023
TOPIC: SELFLESS SERVICE
TEXT: Luke 3:15-22
15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with[a] water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 18 And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.
19 But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, 20 Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.
The Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus
21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” *The Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional for Friday, January 6, 2023*
In life, most of us place God first when we are in need of His help but place our interest first when God is in need of our service. The life and ministry of John is a great lesson to us today in our mode of service. John had the influence and crowd to exalt himself but he decided to stick to his calling as a fore-runner to Jesus. He never allowed the view of the people to influence his position in service. He exalted Jesus above himself and promoted the ministry of Jesus before the people. John was put in prison because he condemned evil.
The radical desire for self-projection, position and possession among some of us today has no place in Christian service. Today, it is unfortunate that some of us hardly do anything for God’s service without negotiating for our personal gain. In our programmes and services, we tend to project ourselves to the world rather than projecting the glory of God. The life of John should serve as a good example for us, he who calls himself a Christian should behave like a Christian. Pride, selfishness and self-projection are not part of Christian culture.
Prayer: Dear Father, grant me the enablement to be a worthy Ambassador of the Christian faith.
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The Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional for Saturday, January 7, 2023
Saturday, January 7, 2023
TOPIC: PERFECT LOVE
TEXT: Matthew 5:43-48
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
One major challenge the Church is facing today is selective obedience. As followers of Christ, we must abide by the standards He set for us, irrespective of our personal views about worship. In our text, our Lord Jesus calls us for higher standards. We are to extend our love to our perceived enemies. Jesus in His earthly ministry clarified that loving one’s neighbour was the second greatest of all God’s commandments (Matt. 22:36-39). As Christians, we must learn to do things in line with divine directives.
In Acts 24:16, Apostle Paul says; “This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offence towards God and man.” Expand your scope of love to accommodate those who may have wrong you. Loose those you have something against their lives in your heart and let them go. Develop practical act of forgiveness; come up higher in your Christian maturity. Win others for Christ through your lifestyle. You will never lose when you do things to please God.
Prayer: Help me O God today to seek reconciliation with those that I am not in good term with.
The Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional for Friday, January 6, 2023. Here is tomorrow’s daily fountain devotional…
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