September 13 – Love Offering Day 13

This month we are doing a 30-day “Love Offering” study by Rachael Adams. Each day will have a verse of Scripture with an application, to not merely listen to God’s Word but DO what it says (James 1:22). From Rachael: “Time spent with God and time spent serving those around us, changes the condition of our own hearts in the process. Our faith in action creates a chain reaction of full hearts and eternal impacts.” Click HERE to visit the “Love Offering” website for more resources and a daily calendar of applications. Please use the comment section of our website to share your stories on what God is doing through the daily applications.

You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!

Scripture: Revelation 3:20 (Context vs. 14-22)

To the Church in Laodicea

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Application: Hold the door open for someone.

SOAP Note

Hold the Door | DOT Group @ A2

Scripture

Revelation 3:20

Observation

In this letter, God is basically telling the church that they’re making Him sick. They need to stop what they’re doing and listen to Jesus. He’s at the door, but they’re ignoring it. Letting Him in is the best thing they can do with their lives.

Application

Opening the door for someone is a simple task. It doesn’t take up any time or effort, but it can make a huge difference to the other person. We may not know who’s on the other side or what their needs are, so we won’t know until we do it how much of a blessing it will be to all involved.

Prayer

Dear God, we don’t want to ignore Your knocking. Just like opening our hearts to You is the greatest blessing we’ll receive, we pray that we can bless someone else by holding the door open for them today. Thank You for knocking! We love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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  1. As you mentioned, opening the door for someone seems like such a small thing, even more so in the context of today’s reading in Revelation, but this small action speaks a much larger message to others — you matter, I care about you. And some of those people we’re holding the door open for really need that spoken to them.
    My office recently moved downtown and into a large office building with a tech startup company. One of my co-workers immediately noticed that most of the people who work in the building do not recognize others around them–they don’t open doors for others, they don’t make eye contact or smile at others in the hallway. Many are ignoring the world around them either with headphones on or looking at their phones. This co-worker is adamant to say that he is not a Christian, but this one thing really bothers him, mostly because someone didn’t hold the door open for him, and he needed to know in that moment that someone cares about him enough to see him and hold a door for him.
    Holding a door, smiling, saying hi in passing to a stranger — these are things I want to be habits in the way I live every day. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable, but God gives me strength when it is. God wants them to know they matter and He cares about them, and He can use my tiny acts of obedience to deliver that message.

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