Mission Devotional - October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you are the Bread of Life. Help us this day to feed on you, that we may have something to offer those who come across our paths. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 10:10-17

Journal: Where, or to whom, is God calling you to give yourself? Where and how is he saying, "you give them something to eat?" Will you?

Reflection:
Jesus: "You give them something to eat."
Me: "Again?"
(He smiles tenderly)
Jesus: "Yes again. Have I not been faithful to feed you? Have I not continually provided food for your soul; more than enough to sustain you? Don't you yet realize how this works? The food I give you is not just for you alone, it is to be given. That is part of the dance of life, faith, and ministry: taken, blessed, broken, and given. The food I give you is ultimately to be given away. Once you have done that, it will return to you and take on life in you and offer you the nourishment you desperately need as well. Somewhere along the line - most likely in the breaking - it will be multiplied, so that you have much more at the end than you did at the beginning. That is the way of the Kingdom. So always know that even though this continual giving of bread can be tiring at times, it is also how life flows in and through you. So, you give them something to eat. Yes, once again."

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Darlene Johnson has been a member of MTW's church-planting team in Nagoya, Japan, since 2000. She teaches conversational English and evangelistic Bible studies and is involved in choral and instrumental music ministry. Pray today for Japanese individuals and families coming to Nisshin Christ Church who are not believing yet. Pray that God will give them saving faith.

Volta a Biblia is a Bible Training College equipping church leaders in Macia, Mozambique. Pray today for the faculty of the college as they prepare and teach the students.

Closing Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus, that you were taken, blessed, broken, and given for us. May we do the same for you. Amen.