Mission Devotional - February 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, you have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence we shall be strengthened: By your Spirit lift us to Your presence, where we may be still and know that You are God. - from The Prayer of Quiet Confidence

Scripture: Isaiah 30:15

Journal: How do the words of Isaiah speak to your life or heart today? Will you embrace them or resist them? What would it look like to embrace these words of Scripture today?

Reflection: Years ago a good friend of mine - seeing the busyness and chaos of my life - asked me if I was a human doing or a human being. "Because I have a suspicion," he said, "that you were created to be a human being." And of course he was right. Why is it so easy to lose our way in this world, and begin to think that our value and our worth are determined by what we do, rather than by who we are - or rather whose we are? It is such an easy trap to fall into, which is probably why God felt it necessary to remind us - in these verses in Isaiah - that our salvation and our worth is not dependent on what we do, or on how well we do it. It is not dependent on how well we perform, what we achieve, or who thinks we're wonderful. It is dependent solely on God's great love and mercy. Once we remember that truth, and really believe it, then, and only then, do we have a real possibility of moving from human doing to human being.

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Martyn and Elissa live in a Creative Access country as "Tent Makers." Martyn's work gives him unparalleled access to the local population. Pray today for growth of Martyn's business so that it can better support them and so that it can open more doors for ministry.

InterVarsity's vision is to see students transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed. They live this out by inviting unreached students into life transforming encounters with Jesus Christ and training and developing them as disciples and leaders. Pray today for the staff and volunteers as they host small group Bible studies to introduce cultural Christians and the unchurched to Jesus.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, please turn me from a human doing back into a human being. For then I will be what you intended for me to be. Amen.