Mission Devotional - October 13, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that what you offer us is far more than a distant, formal acquaintance. You desire so much more for us and from us. You desire an intimate, passionate connection - a deep knowing. Thank you that what you really want is for us to abide in you, that what you really desire is intimate union. And thank you that you will settle for nothing less, help that to be true of us as well. Amen. 

Scripture: John 15:5-11

Journal: How would you describe you current relationship with Jesus? What do you think he wants for you? What would it look like to abide in him? How will you take him up on that invitation today?

Reflection: When we truly abide in Christ, when our union with Him is complete, then His desires and ours are one. (An Autobiography of Prayer by Albert E. Day)

Some people live for God, some people live with God, some people live in God.

Those who live for God, live with other people and live in the activities of their community. Their life is what they do.

Those who live with God also live for Him, but they do not live in what they do for him, they live in what they are before him. Their life is to reflect Him by their own simplicity and by the perfection of His being reflected in their poverty.

Those who live in God do not live with other men or in themselves still less in what they do, for He does all things in them. (Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Paul G. is the International Director of Training for Christar and also serves as an Internet pastor. Paul and Nancy founded an NGO, The Oomit Corporation (“Oomit” means “hope”), to work in Central Asia with special needs children. Oomit brings the light of Jesus to a spiritually dark place so that families might have hope. Pray today for provision for Paul and Nancy and for those whom they are training.

YOKE mentors middle school children by building friendships with Christian adults through clubs, camps, and Kid Time (hanging out with kids in their world). Currently YOKE reaches out to nearly 20,000 students at 26 middle schools located in Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, and Knox counties. Pray today for the Yoke volunteers as they reach students this semester.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to learn how to truly abide in you, that we might know that deep union with you for which we were made. Amen.