Mission Devotional - December 6, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, your love for us is complete and extravagant and unconditional. It is all about giving rather than getting. May our love for one another be the same. Amen.

Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33

Journal: How is God drawing out your beauty or strength these days? How are you doing that for others? How are you doing that in your family? Your marriage? How has Christ loved you? How is that a guide for how you love others?

Reflection: Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.

Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church - a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor - since they're already "one" in marriage.

No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That's how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become "one flesh." This is a huge mystery, and I don't pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband. (Ephesians 5:21-33)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Bobby and Teresa LaDage are working with Redeemer City to City (the church planting arm of Redeemer Church in NYC) envisioning, equipping, and mentoring church planters and their wives in order to see gospel-centered churches reach the major cities of Eastern and Central Europe. They are also now serving as European Regional Leaders for United World Mission. Pray today for the church planters in these cities: Moscow, Warsaw, Kraków, Helsinki, and Stockholm.

Homes of Love creates families for orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children in Southeast Asia and Africa by identifying, training and supporting in-country Christian parents who will raise these children as their own. With access to education, healthcare, and a loving family, Homes of Love children escape the dangers of poverty, abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation and are freed to pursue healthy, vibrant futures. On November 3, a major typhoon hit Nha Trang, Vietnam, and affected 5 of the HOL homes. Pray today for those 5 families as they repair their homes and try to get back to a normal life.

Closing Prayer: May we, O Lord, love those in our very own families with the same love and kindness and compassion with which we have been loved by you. Amen.