Weekday Devotionals

Devotional by Samantha Mosca

“Seek first God’s Kingdom. Do not worry, for He will give you all you need.” -Matthew 6:33

This past Sunday we dove into a new series titled “Uncommon”. Pastor Pete’s sermon might have made a few people uncomfortable with what it means to be uncommon, but no matter where you came in on opinion, I have no doubt your spirit was stirred and you were left with many things to both think and pray about.

I’d like to dive a little deeper, shed a little further light on who we are called to be as followers of Jesus and how we can embrace being, uncommon.

After church the rest of my day was full of fun adventures. I had a date night planned with my husband. We were heading to Daytona for dinner and a movie. Little did I know how God was about to expand my mind on just how much we are called to be uncommon. Dinner was wonderful, we had a little time to pass between dinner and the movie. The weather was perfect and the sunrise…. breathtaking, so we did a little walking. As we strolled around and passed many businesses, I observed people in windows having dinners of their own. Sitting on restaurant patios enjoying the same wonderful evening we were. Some were laughing and some were staring at their phones. It’s funny how we can be right next to someone and yet miles away, but that can of worms is for another day. What I mostly witnessed was the comfort in all of these situations. Relaxed, snug, enjoyable moments being had all around. This all seemed pretty common.

As we strolled into the movie theater I thought, what could we do to make these common moments uncommon, yet also inviting or intriguing to the non-Christian?

The movie we went to see was Jesus Revolution. WOW! The sermon from that morning and the story that unfolded before me went hand in hand. This movie is about how the Lord wakes up the human heart, making it a little uncomfortable, showing us how to become the uncommon, and how messy and beautiful that really is. It’s about how faith, hope, and love remain… and how the greatest of these is love, just as the bible says. This is a movie about who the world deems the outcasts, trying to fill a void with all the wrong things, that at the time seemed so right. Many people had taken on the calling to teach of Jesus -the REAL THING – an authentic relationship with the Son of God the only way to find purpose in this life and it’s better than anything you’ve ever experienced, and it never ends. And the word spread like wildfire.

We see the common and the uncommon meet face to face. The comfortable get stirred and shake up. We see a movement of hearts. A movement of minds. A hunger to share the love of Christ with all who will listen.

“When we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.” James 4:8

One of the key take aways for me: Its ok to be uncommon and uncomfortable, and we are even called to make others feel a bit of this as well (in appropriate ways).
Why because once you experience His glory, His grace and His love, there is no turning back.

When we become common and comfortable, we stop growing.

“There is an entire generation searching for God.” -Lonnie Frisbee; Jesus Revolution

“One is a path I’ve warned about tonight, the path that leads to fragmentation and self-interest. Down that road lies a mistaken idea of freedom, the right to grasp for ourselves some advantage over others. That path would be one of constant conflict between narrow interests ending in chaos and immobility.” -Greg Laurie, Jesus Revolution

I’ll leave you with this self-reflection: Today, how will you make this day uncommon for someone else?

- Samantha




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