Mission Devotional - January 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: Heavenly Father, as the day dawns and calls me to my labors I ask you to enable me to gladly do the work to which you beckon me. May I do it as a servant of Christ doing the will of God from my heart. Amen. (Disciplines for the Inner Life by Bob Benson and Michael W. Benson)

Scripture: Matthew 5:44-48

Journal: What does it look like when the life of God grows within you? What do you become? How is this process going?

Reflection: In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. (Matthew 5:48, The Message)

There is a tendering of the soul, toward everything in creation, from the sparrow's fall to the slave under the lash… There is a sense in which, in this terrible tenderness, we become one with god and bear in our quivering souls the sins and burdens, the benightedness and the tragedy of the creatures of the whole world, and suffer in their suffering, and die in their death. - Thomas Kelly

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

George and Kathy Cail live in North Carolina where George works in the curriculum department of a ministry called TEN3 (Transformational Education Network - Discipling to the Third Generation). With the deaths of both of their fathers in early 2015, George and Kathy now feel that God is leading them to return to Burkina Faso where they worked for 20 years. They are hoping to return in July 2016 in more of a member care/pastoral role, coming alongside missionaries, church leaders, and others to encourage, exhort, pray for, and motivate them especially in being intentional in growing more and more. Pray today for both Kathy and George as they finish up their current responsibilities with TEN3 and SIM USA and transition into the new ministry to which God has called them.

Logan and Melissa Keck are planting Christ the King, JP/Roxbury in Boston. Pray that they will continue to see growth in the church as they begin this new year. Pray also for 6 new non-believers that have recently started attending services.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to live generously and graciously today, that I might live in you and that I might be like you. Tender my soul, that my soul might be like yours. For your kingdom and your glory, I pray. Amen.