Echo Devotional: Day 21 – Made to Echo

Made to Echo

 

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another….We love because he first loved us.”  (I John 4:11, 19 NIV)

I’ll never forget the day I stopped saying, “Well, we’ll be praying for you”.  I was in the driveway of Ray and Sam Morris in Baton Rouge, and a young couple from China were being introduced as new believers in Christ.  They had just received Christ and were baptized, renouncing everything they had ever known in Buddhism, the faith of their parents. They needed to move from their apartment to another part of town.  When they expressed their need, my friend, David said, “Well, I’ll for sure be praying for you guys.”  He was sincere, but Ray Morris was an echo of real love.  Ray said, “Well, they don’t need prayers, they need a pick up truck.”

An echo is a reflection on earth of direction God is giving from heaven and the hearts of His people; it’s what He wants to do and what He would do. 

God says it this way,

“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?  (I John 3:17, ESV)

Being an echo of God’s voice, love and presence is being full of God’s practical help and timely solutions to people’s needs around us.  We are responsible to do what we can with what we have.  Wherever we are, we intentionally help people experience faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ.

Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”– when you already have it with you.  (Proverbs 3:28, NIV)

What would happen in your world if you just spent some time each day praying attentively to the needs of others, and then responded as God lead you? 

Here are someways God acts and we echo:

  1. He provides for us and we provide for others.
  2. He forgives us and we forgive others.
  3. He demonstrates mercy on us and we are merciful to others.
  4. He removes a barrier so we can work and prosper and we remove barriers for others so they can prosper.

Being the echo of God is not just hearing His voice and then speaking, it’s experiencing Him and then helping others experience Him also, in His complete fullness.

As Jesus loves you, so you love others.

As Jesus shares with you, so you share with others.

QUESTIONS

What is one thing Jesus has done for you or in you during this 21 day experience that you want to “pay forward”?

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Why do you think people say, “I’ll pray for you” when they can actually solve the problem right way without praying?

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In the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, a Samaritan man used what He had to meet the needs of a man right in front of Him.  What would it take for you to move closer to Jesus today in using what you have to love the people right in front of you?

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PRAYER

Lord Jesus, I repent of all forms of spiritual laziness or apathy.  I choose today to be a person of action in hearing your voice, and obeying you in serving and loving the people in front of me.  I repent of all the times I don’t treat people the way you have treated me.  Touch my heart today with the power of your love, and let your love echo through me to my world and the nations, Lord.  Open wide the heavens today and pour out your love to me and through me today to bless others, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

NEXT STEPS

  • BAPTISM – if you have never been baptized after receiving salvation, go to myanchorchurch.com/baptism and register for baptism today.
  • GROWTH TRACK – register today for Step 1, 2 or 3 in the Growth Track at www.myanchorchurch.com/growthtrack.  Then tell someone about what is happening in your journey to Know God.
  • GET IN A GROUP – explore the opportunities to connect with other people in an Anchor Group at www.myanchorchurch.com/groups.  You will grow and you will help others grow in their faith.

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