Pastor Stephen Dedman

Devotional For February 19, 2024

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24

The apostle Paul encourages believers to carry out their tasks with wholehearted dedication, not merely to please people, but ultimately as an offering to the Lord. This mindset transforms even the most mundane tasks into acts of worship and service unto God.

No matter the nature of our work—whether in our careers, our studies, our household responsibilities, or our service in the church—we are called to do it with excellence and diligence. Our motivation is not to gain recognition or approval from others but to honor and glorify God in all that we do.

Paul reminds us that our labor for the Lord is not in vain. While earthly rewards and recognition may be fleeting, the Lord sees and rewards our faithful service with an eternal inheritance. Our ultimate reward is not based on the approval of men but on the grace and mercy of our heavenly Father, who delights in rewarding His faithful servants.

Every task, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, is an opportunity to serve and honor Him. When we approach our work with this mindset, we find joy and fulfillment in knowing that we are partnering with God in His kingdom purposes.

As we go about our daily tasks and responsibilities, let us do so with hearts full of gratitude and dedication, knowing that we are serving the Lord Christ. May our work be a reflection of His love and grace, bringing glory to His name and advancing His kingdom here on earth.

Pray

Lord, thank You for the privilege of serving You in all that I do. Help me to approach my work with wholehearted dedication, knowing that I serve You. May my life be a testimony to Your goodness and grace, bringing glory to Your name in all that I do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For February 18, 2024

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
‭‭John‬ ‭15:7‬

Jesus shares a profound truth about the connection between abiding in Him and experiencing the power of answered prayer. He invites us into a deeper intimacy with Himself, promising that as we abide in Him and His words dwell richly within us, our prayers will be aligned with His will and answered according to His purposes.

To abide in Christ means to remain in close communion and fellowship with Him, allowing His life to flow through us and His Spirit to guide our thoughts and actions. It involves daily surrender, constant dependence, and unwavering trust in His love and faithfulness. As we abide in Christ, His words become the foundation of our lives, shaping our desires, priorities, and perspectives.

When our hearts are aligned with the heart of Christ, our prayers are transformed. We no longer pray out of selfish ambition or personal gain but out of a desire to see God’s kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Our prayers become an expression of our intimacy with Christ, a reflection of His character and purposes, and an instrument of His power and grace.

As we abide in Christ and His words abide in us, our prayers become powerful and effective. They are not merely wishful thinking or empty words but a channel through which God’s kingdom is advanced and His glory is revealed. And as we see God answer our prayers according to His will, our faith is strengthened, our joy is deepened, and our relationship with Him grows ever stronger.

Today, let us commit to abiding in Christ and allowing His words to dwell richly within us. Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, knowing that our prayers are heard and answered by a loving and faithful God. And let us live in the assurance that as we abide in Him, our lives will bear fruit that remains for eternity.

Pray

Lord, thank You for the power of answered prayer. Help me to remain steadfast in my devotion to You, allowing Your words to shape my desires and guide my prayers. May my life be a testimony to Your faithfulness and grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For February 17, 2024

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
Hebrews 12:14

Peace is more than just the absence of conflict; it is a state of harmony. As followers of Christ, we are called to actively pursue peace in our relationships with others. This means seeking reconciliation and forgiveness, practicing empathy and understanding, and striving to live in harmony with those around us. It also means being peacemakers in a world filled with strife and division.

Holiness is the quality of being set apart for God’s purposes and conforming to His character and will. It involves living a life of moral purity, righteousness, and obedience to God’s Word. We are called to continually strive for holiness, allowing God to sanctify us and transform us into the image of Christ.

As we seek to pursue peace and holiness in our lives, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. He is our ultimate example of peace and holiness, and He empowers us by the Holy Spirit to live lives that reflect His love and grace. May we be diligent in our pursuit of peace with all people and holiness before God, knowing that it is through these virtues that others will see the reality of our faith and the beauty of the gospel message.

Pray

Lord, help me to pursue peace with everyone and holiness before You. Give me grace and strength to reflect Your love and truth to the world around me. May I be an agent of reconciliation and an ambassador of Your kingdom, bringing glory to Your name in all that I do. In Jesus’ name, amen.