Mission Devotional - August 17, 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018

Testify

Opening Prayer: May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. (Psalm 33:22)

Scripture: John 5:31-40

Journal: How do you try to testify about yourself? How does that work out? What does God say about you? Rest in that.

Reflection: If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid. There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid. (John 5:31-32)

I don’t know about you, but it seems like my life is one long case of me trying to testify for myself; constantly trying to make an argument that I am worth loving. The burden of proof being on me. But it is not. I love that Jesus understood this - and longs for us to understand it as well. The burden of proof has already been satisfied. It is what God says about us, not what the world says, that counts. God’s passionate, extravagant, unfailing love for you and for me is all the proof we need. We are valuable. We are worth loving. Case dismissed. Thanks be to God!

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

Tezar and Tatiana Putra live in Jakarta, Indonesia where Tezar is the teaching pastor at Covenant City Church. Tezar is an ordained minister under the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and is a pastor within the Redeemer City to City Church Planting Network. Pray today for the growth of Covenant City Church in Jakarta and for all of the people who will be coming to it in the upcoming days.

KDEC or Kasr el Dobara Evangelistic Church is the largest evangelical church in the middle east. Started in 1948, it has grown to a membership of 8,000 members. Pray today for the ministry leaders and members of this church as they continue to reach the lost in their city.

Closing Prayer: O Lord, why do I constantly feel the need to prove to myself and to my world that I am worth loving, when you have already called me your Beloved? Amen.