Mission Devotional - August 31, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, help us each day to do exactly what Jesus told us to do: "To worship the Lord our God and serve him only." (Matthew 4:10)

Scripture: Matthew 6:24

Journal: Who or what are you serving right now? What does your life say about who or what you are serving right now?

Reflection: Divided loyalties are never a good thing. The problem is that eventually, if not regularly, they will come into conflict with each other. And then what? Who decides which one takes precedence? The servant? That sounds kind of backwards.

Jesus made it very clear that you can really only give your full allegiance to one master. Only one thing can totally capture your heart. Only one thing can completely dominate your time and your energy. You can either serve darkness or you can serve light, but you can't serve both. You can either serve God or you can serve money, but you can't serve both. Because eventually the two will come into conflict with each other, and when they do one of them will win out We must not kid ourselves, whatever the thing or the person is that dominates our time and our energy, that is the thing or the person we are truly serving. What is it for you?

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

A. and B. are serving in a Creative Access country. Their family is building friendships and seeing them mature as A. continues to teach at a local university and serve the teachers and students there. Pray today for this family as they return to the field this summer after a home stay in the U.S.

The Love Kitchen serves Knoxville's homeless, helpless, hopeless, hungry, and homebound by providing food and clothing. Many CSPC members volunteer there every week preparing and distributing meals. Pray today for all of the people who will receive meals from The Love Kitchen this week that they may know the love of God for them because of this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5)