Mission Devotional - August 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us eyes to see, and hearts to respond to, all that you desire to do in and through us this day. For your kingdom and your glory. Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 6:22-23

Journal: How are your eyes these days? How well are you seeing? Does it seem like your eyes are filled more with darkness or light? Why? What do you see in your life and heart right now?

Reflection: I went to the eye doctor the other day thinking it was just a routine visit, that all was well with my seeing. That is until he put the correct lenses on me, and then I was amazed at how poor my vision had become, without my even knowing it. It's kind of scary how easily our eyes can change over time and us not even be aware of it. It happens so gradually that we don't even notice it. We get so used to not seeing clearly that it becomes the norm. That is until someone shows us what it is like to see through good eyes, and then we are amazed at how we could even function with vision that poor. That's what Jesus is getting at in these verses, the importance of having good eyes. Because when our eyes are bad not only is our seeing distorted, but so is everything else. Our poor vision effects our perception of reality and of truth. But when our eyes are good, our vision is clear and our thinking is accurate, allowing us to see our lives and our world through God's eyes.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

T works with the SEED Company (an affiliate organization of Wycliffe Bible Translators) in their mission to promote and accelerate Bible translation that is being done by indigenous churches and organizations in their home countries. He has just completed his second year with this mission and is now watching over 12 translation projects that represent 35 languages, many of which are just receiving the first Scripture in their own language. Pray today for T as he travels extensively and for his wife L.

Cedar Springs adopted Lonsdale Elementary in 2003. Lonsdale, with more than 400 students PreK through 5th grade, only serves the Lonsdale area. Over the years, the racial make-up of the school, whose students are 100% free lunch qualified, has changed to primarily Hispanic and African-American children. Pray today for the children that attend Lonsdale Elementary and their teachers as they begin the Fall semester.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us your eyes. Then we will see ourselves and our world through the lenses of light and truth. Amen.