Mission Devotional - July 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you do such great things within us and among us that we simply must tell the story. Help us to know how and where and when you want us to do that this day. Amen.

Scripture: John 15:26-27

Journal: What has Jesus done in you lately that warrants bearing witness to it? How have you done that? What is your current story with Jesus? Who do you want to tell, and why?

Reflection: Have you ever had something so wonderful, or so bizarre, happen to you that you simply had to tell someone about it? We have all had that experience at one time or another. And when something like that does happen to us, we simply must tell about it. It is somehow wired into our DNA. For in the telling of the story something happens; the story grows and comes to life within us and among us. It is just the nature of story. And it is just the nature of our hearts and souls. When something good happens to us, or in us, we can't contain it. We must share it. Particularly when the story is about us and God. It is meant to be shared. That is what bearing witness is all about. It is about us telling our story of God, and his work in and through our lives. It is not hard. In fact, if the story (God) has really captured us it is hard not to tell it. What has happened - and is happening - is so central to our lives that it is all we can talk about.

So let us pay careful attention to what God is up to within us and around us. Let us be attentive to how God is bringing us to life within. And let us tell that story - bear witness - with all of the passion and the zeal and the life we can muster. We simply have to be able to put into words what God is doing in us. It is a must. It is how we bear witness. It is what God desires both for us and from us. It is that thing that God most deeply longs to give us, and for us to give each other - himself.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Eric and Beth Yodis are facilitating church planting in eastern Ukraine. Eric and Beth returned to the Ukraine last year to help with church planting in Kiev. Pray today for a new church planting training program that has begun in a suburb of Kyiv and for good health and safety for Eric and Beth.

Worldwide Discipleship Association has a mission to serve the church worldwide by developing Christ-like character in people and equipping them to disciple others according to the pattern Jesus used to train his disciples. Cedar Springs and Global Mission Group members Carroll and Shirley Coakley are part of this organization's international staff and serve on short-term mission teams to Myanmar. Pray today for all of the volunteers serving with this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to bear witness regularly to all that you are doing in our hearts, souls, and lives; knowing that as we do, it will produce life within and around us. For your glory. Amen.