Mission Devotional - August 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you didn't just come to bring a message, but to establish a kingdom. In fact, the kingdom was your message. Thank you that your kingdom, the kingdom of God, is a qualitatively different way of living life than that of the world around us - one that welcomes the outcast and heals the sick and feeds the hungry. Give us the grace and the strength and the courage this day to be your kingdom here on earth. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 9:10-11

Journal: When Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, what do you think he said? Why do you think the crowds were so drawn to what he was saying? What does this look like today?

Reflection: There is something about a community of people living together in a qualitatively different way that just draws others to it. It is like moths to a flame. That's the way it was with Jesus. There was just something about him, about the way he lived and the way he spoke, that always attracted a crowd. It could've been the way he welcomed the outcast. It most certainly involved the way he healed the broken. And without a doubt it had to do with the way he fed the hungry. But I think it was more than that. I think there was a presence in Jesus that people were even hungrier for. There was a depth and a substance and a quality about him that was exactly what people were longing for. It was the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God was at hand. The King was in the kingdom, and people just couldn't stay away.

So when Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, he was not telling them about something that was distant and far away. He was telling them about something they could already see, that they had already noticed. He was speaking to them about something they had already gotten a taste of. That's the way the kingdom of God works. It is a way of being the presence of God in the world that works itself out into the way we live our lives in our communities. It is not only something that is to come, it is also something that is here and now. And if it is not here and now, no one will care to hear anything about it in the first place. But once they get a taste of it, they can't hear enough. At least that's the way it was for the 5,000 who were fed this day. How is it for you?

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Paul and Dori Pittman currently serve as area directors for United World Mission's Latin America region. Paul is also project coordinator of UWM's Cuba Partnership Project. Pray today for UWM's Cuba Partnership Projects that God will raise up partner churches in the U.S. and Canada who will catch the vision to reach Cuba for Christ. Pray also for peace of mind and a sense of security for the Pittmans who were recent victims of a break in and robbery while they were at home.

Global Media Outreach is an Internet ministry that seeks to stay on the cutting edge of emerging technologies with the intent to give everyone on earth multiple opportunities to know and follow Jesus Christ. Pray today for each person that will encounter this ministry via their website that they will choose to follow Christ.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, today may your kingdom come, may your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.