Mission Devotional - August 14, 2018
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Opening Prayer: Plant your word within me, O Lord, and make it come to life. That I might be alive with the very life of God within me. Amen.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:11-14
Journal: Where and how is God’s word alive in you these days? How are you making time and space to give his word room to come alive within you? How is it fleshing itself out in your life?
Reflection: If we let the word of God take up residence within us, it will become something. It is alive. In fact, “It is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword,” the writer of Hebrews reminds us. We do not have to try and make it into something, it already is something, and will become something more in us as we give it time and space.
The problem is that while we may indeed read the word of God, we do not typically allow it the time and the space to become - to live and dwell within us. We do not give it room to have a life of its own. Therefore, more often than not, the seed of the word falls on the hardened path of our own busyness and activity and comes to nothing. What a tragedy.
If we truly desire intimacy with God, if we truly want to hear God speak to us, we must learn how to plant his word in our hearts and souls in a way that it comes alive in us, and then works its way out into our lives and our world. We must, as Eugene Peterson so beautifully said, turn our eyes into ears. We must come to God’s word fully realizing its personal and specific nature, fully realizing its potential to speak deeply into our hearts and lives. And we must make time and space for it to do so. It will not happen by accident.
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: Asia
Darlene Johnson has been a member of MTW's church-planting team in Nagoya, Japan, since 2000. She teaches conversational English and evangelistic Bible studies and is involved in choral and instrumental music ministry. Pray today for Higashiyama Grace Community, the new church plant in Nagoya, and for Darlene who is currently traveling.
Hope Resource Center is a multi-faceted Christian ministry addressing such matters as sexual purity and health, unplanned pregnancy, post-abortion stress and abstinence education. Pray today for all the young women who will come to this ministry this month.
Closing Prayer: This commandment that I’m commanding you today isn’t too much for you, it’s not out of your reach. It’s not on a high mountain - you don’t have to get mountaineers to climb the peak and bring it down to your level and explain it before you can live it. And it’s not across the ocean - you don’t have to send sailors out to get it, bring it back, and then explain it before you can live it. No. The word is right here and now - as near as the tongue in your mouth, as near as the heart in your chest. Just do it! (Deuteronomy 30:11-14, The Message)