Mission Devotional - April 21, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018

"Who is even at the right hand of God?"

Today's Devotional Reading

Romans 8:34

He who was once despised and rejected of men, now occupies the honorable position of a beloved and honored Son. The right hand of God is the place of majesty and favor. Our Lord Jesus is his people’s representative. When he died for them they had rest; he rose again for them, they had liberty; when he sat down at his Father’s right hand, they had favor, and honor, and dignity. The raising and elevation of Christ is the elevation, the acceptance, and enshrinement, the glorifying of all his people, for he is their head and representative. This sitting at the right hand of God, then, is to be viewed as the acceptance of the person of the Surety, the reception of the Representative, and therefore, the acceptance of our souls. O saint, see in this thy sure freedom from condemnation. "Who is he that condemneth?" Who shall condemn the men who are in Jesus at the right hand of God?

The right hand is the place of power. Christ at the right hand of God hath all power in heaven and in earth. Who shall fight against the people who have such power vested in their Captain? O my soul, what can destroy thee if Omnipotence be thy helper? If the aegis of the Almighty cover thee, what sword can smite thee? Rest thou secure. If Jesus is thine all-prevailing King, and hath trodden thine enemies beneath his feet; if sin, death, and hell are all vanquished by him, and thou art represented in him, by no possibility canst thou be destroyed.

"Jesus’ tremendous name
Puts all our foes to flight:
Jesus, the meek, the angry Lamb,
A Lion is in fight.
By all hell’s host withstood;
We all hell’s host o'erthrow;
And conquering them, through Jesus’ blood
We still to conquer go."
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning & Evening - Daily Readings

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

H and L serve in Asia and are taking on new roles in 2018. H has been asked to be a coordinator for their agency’s efforts to facilitate the development of local mission movements within one country in Asia, particularly for reaching the peoples of East Asia. L will be working to connect Asian citizens who have become Christians while studying abroad with local churches in their own countries upon their return. Pray for both of them as they begin these new ministries.

Gateways2Life seeks to meet the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of the refugees and outcasts through training, education, supply of material needs, relationship development, trauma counseling and community integration. Their current projects are in Lesvos and Athens, Greece; Hamburg, Germany; and Northeast Italy. Pray today for the staff of this ministry as they share assistance and the gospel with refugees in Europe.