July 7: Our Attitude Toward Ministry Is to Be One of Humility (Philippians 2:6-11)
Paul set Jesus Christ up as an ideal model for our humility in service. Our thoughts, attitudes, and actions are to emulate the Life of Christ. Jesus’ willingness to humble Himself is a great model to follow. When we follow Jesus’ model of humility, our efforts will go a long way for others to follow. Our attitude should be the kind that was shown to us by Christ.
July 14: Showing Love and Respect for Special Needs Families (John 13:34-36)
Our ability to love others is based upon the degree to which we have received God’s love. When we love one another out of the overflow of God’s love, our witness and service will bless others. Jesus says that our Christ-like love will show that we are His disciples. People will know that we are His disciples by our love demonstrated for others.
July 21: Ways Churches Can Serve Adults with Special Needs (Luke 9:13-17)
We are limited at times when we are unable to step outside our comfort zone. When the disciples expressed concern about how to feed the five thousand, Jesus pointed out to them that they were focusing on what they did not have (in food or money). When God calls you to a task, He would not assign you to a task that He and you could not handle. Our lack of resources should not blind us to God’s power.
July 28: God Extends His Mercy to the Poor and Handicapped (James 2:1-13)
Our churches need to welcome those who are struggling with life problems. We are to do for others what we would expect others to do for us. John Newton once said, “Let us not measure men, much less ourselves, by gifts or services.” Instead of standing in judgement of others, we need to become empowered by God’s mercy that we have received.