Yesterday we got a chance to celebrate all that God has done through you and others in our Eikon family! Take some time to think about what this series has meant for you. What new things God has inspired in you to act on? Write down some ways that your perspective, heart, or actions have changed over the course of the past few weeks and thank God for those things. Read over Matthew 5:14-16 and pray that God would continue to guide you as you let your good deeds shine out for all to see.
Love is the beginning, middle, and end of following Jesus. Jesus has consistently been the one to meet us where we are and minister to our heart, mind, and soul every step of the way. Is there someone in your life—past or present—who has gone out of their way to meet you where you, point you to Jesus and helped you take the next step in a wise direction? Pray Proverbs 11:25 over that person. Reach out to them today and thank them for their generous compassion for you in your time of need.
Ephesians 2:10 shows us that we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works— not just one, but plural. Love is not something we occasionally do, it’s something we increasingly become. Love is not always easy, but it is always greatly needed. There are people in our congregation, our community, our Nation, and in this world that need the love you have to share with them. Pray for God to show you ways in everyday life to share good works. As you interact with people today, take on a challenge to not give yourself a way out or a rain check on showing compassionate love at that moment.
Our church is dedicated to supporting and partnering with Compassion International endeavors in Ecuador. Extreme poverty is prevalent throughout the area and many children are forced to earn income to help support the family. Most homes are made of cane with zinc sheet roof, and the primitive construction can’t withstand the effects of severe storms and flooding in the winter. Read Psalm 9:9 and pray for the people of Ecuador. Pray that God would provide shelter, food, and other resources for those in need. Pray His protection for the people who are susceptible to flu, parasites, and intestinal illnesses that result from drinking dirty water. Pray for more children to receive sponsorship through Compassion International.
Now that our EIKON LOVES ________ series is over, it’s easy to fall back into a natural habit of aspiring to share good works without actually following through. (Been there, constantly fight that.) Hebrews 13:16 reminds us: “And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” This past Sunday, we passed out a small pamphlet called EIKON LOVES wherever you arefilled with ideas that you can use to keep the movement of love going in your everyday encounters. If you have one, pick it up and add some reminders to your calendar to do some of those in the days to come. If you didn’t get one click here to get some inspiration.
TALK IT OVER
- How have you experienced God’s love this past week?
- How has this Eikon Loves_____ series impacted you?
- What has been your favorite celebration story from this entire Eikon Loves______ series?
- If you participated in the Eikon Loves_____ Serve Day, what did you do and how did that experience impact you?
- What could we, as a group, do to continue living out compassionate love to people in our community?
- Why do you think love is still seemingly in short supply in the world around us?
- What do you think makes it difficult for people to consider and accept the love of God, or love from Christians, even when it’s shown/given with no strings attached?
- How can we amplify our efforts and prove love to the people in our sphere of influence?