Mission Devotional - January 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: In your unbounded love you have shown us your face and made your way known among all nations. May we recognize in your decision to become one flesh with us and invitation to live gratefully with others as one family, gathered and held together in your holy name. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John S. Mogabgab)

Scripture: Colossians 2:9-10

Journal: What words in this passage make something come alive within you? Why? How do they expand your picture of Jesus? How do they make you love him more?

Reflection: Books of theology tend to define God by what He is not: immortal, invisible, infinite. But what is God like, positively? For the Christian, Jesus answers such all-important questions. The apostle Paul boldly called Jesus "the image of the invisible God." Jesus was God's exact replica: "For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him."

God is, in a word, Christlike. Jesus presents a God with skin on whom we can take or leave, love or ignore. In this visible, scaled-down model we can discern God's features more clearly. (The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Andy and Bev Warren serve with an MTW team that is involved in HIV/AIDS work and church planting through the Ethiopia Aids Care and Treatment (ACT) Project. The project targets slum communities in Addis Ababa which contain the neediest people in the community - large percentages of women with small children. In recent years the project has served more than 500 AIDS-affected families, reaching more than 1,200 people. Pray today for Andy and Bev as they begin a new year of ministry. Find out more about the Ethiopia ACT Project here.

Arab World Media clearly presents Jesus Christ to the Arab world audiences. This is done by recording scriptures, Bible stories, sermons, and Arabic Christian music for broadcast by partner agencies for outreach and for the encouragement of Arab world believers. Pray today for the work of the Holy Spirit as hearts are prepared to encounter the gospel.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, thanks that in you the whole fullness of deity dwells in bodily form. Not just in part, not just a piece, but in full. You are fully God and yet fully man. O the mystery! The invisible, intangible God has made himself visible and tangible in you. Thank you for being willing to do that. Amen. (Watch and Wait by Jim Branch)