May 5 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to remember that you called your disciples first so that they could be with you, and then so you could send them out to preach. It is always the being with that gives power and substance to the sending out. Help us to be ever mindful of that order. Amen.
Scripture: Mark 3:7-19
Journal: What does the balance of being with Jesus versus being sent out by Jesus look like in your life right now? Which one is dominant? Why? How might you begin to balance the two movements?
Reflection: We are called to love the world. And God loved the world so much that he gave Jesus. Today he loves the world so much that he gives you and me to be his love, his compassion, and his presence, through a life of prayer, of sacrifice, of surrender to God. The response that Jesus asks of you is to be a contemplative.
If we take Jesus at his word, all of us are contemplatives in the heart of the world, for if we have faith, we are continually in his presence. By contemplation the soul draws directly from the heart of God the graces that the active life must distribute. Our lives must be connected to the living Christ in us. (No Greater Love by Mother Teresa)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Lady and Armando Cueva are working in Tlajomulcho, Mexico, located in the southwestern part of greater Guadalajara, as part of Mission Guadalajara, a reproducing church planting effort begun by Kenton Wood. The Tlajomulcho church plant is one of six church planting efforts underway as part of Mission Guadalajarra. Pray today for their family.
As a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America, RUF holds to the core beliefs of historic Christianity which motivate a heart for God and love for the university. CSPC supports RUF on two college campuses. Pray today for Matt Howell at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as RUF finishes the Spring semester.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you love us enough to want to be with us, and that you trust us enough to send us out on your behalf. Help us to always be mindful of both. Amen.