Mission Devotional - November 24, 2015
Opening Prayer: O Jesus, who has taught us that not all those who say Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but only such as do the will of you Father, whose lives correspond with their belief, grant us a truly Christian spirit, a Christina heart, and guide us in the paths of a Christian life. Grant that I may become detached from all things and in all things seek you alone. Grant that I may direct all my knowledge, my whole capacity, all my happiness, and all my exertions, to please you, to love you, and to obtain your love for time and eternity. Amen. (The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis)
Scripture: Matthew 7:21-27
Journal: What does commitment to Jesus really consist of? What does it really look like? Where are you in your commitment to Jesus? Where is he drawing you deeper?
Reflection: No man ever receives a word from God without instantly being put to the test by it. We disobey and then wonder why we don't go on spiritually. (My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers)
When Jesus brings a thing home by His word, don't shirk it. If you do, you will become a religious humbug. Watch the things you shrug your shoulders over, and you will know why you do not go on spiritually. First go - at the risk of being thought fanatical you must obey what God tells you. (My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Phil C. has been serving in Eurasia for over 10 years. His focus has been the Tatar people, a largely Muslim people group. Phil has worked with others in launching a local organization that provides language instruction with the goal of helping to equip believers to bring the light of the gospel to the least-reached in their own language. Pray today for Phil and his 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, give us the strength, the courage, and the wisdom to not only call you Lord, Lord, but also to do what you say. Help us to be doers of the word and not merely hearers who deluded ourselves. Amen.