In the evening message or devotion, we want to show the inviting nature of Jesus and his mercy and kindness that leads us to repentance. Much of what you will find at Project WARM is hopelessness, hurt, guilt, and shame. Where there is no hope, there is nothing to have faith for. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” When preparing a devotion, it is important to recognize that many of our listeners have not yet taken the first step in their walk in faith, or they are at the beginning. Most of us who will offer a devotion have traveled much further in our faith walk; therefore, devotions should share the love and grace of God and invite listeners to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ. Sometimes we forget this important first step and dive right into repentance and transformation, which is important to talk about, but not always right at the beginning.
There are a few ways to approach this. Messages should be 5-10 minutes or so, not including discussion or prayer which may follow. It’s very basic: a presentation of a scripture and then a brief interpretation identifying how grace is offered in the story followed by an invitation or an example of how grace is offered in our world. Drawing people to Christ and to the Gospel should be the focus. Reveal his grace, reveal who he is, reveal who he made us to be. Plant seeds of purpose and hope.