Mission Devotional - August 18, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Building

Opening Prayer: Give me the wisdom, O Lord, to know the difference this day between who you truly made me to be and what I have merely tried to manufacture as a result of my own fears and insecurities. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 127:1-2

Journal: What is the main difference most days between simply being who God made you to be and trying to make yourself into something (or someone) else? How does that typically manifest itself? What is the result?

Reflection: This life is a constant battle between being who and what God made us to be - in all of its truth and all of its beauty - and trying to be something, or someone, other than that. It is the difference between receiving a self (a true, God-breathed self) and trying to manufacture one. It is the difference between being organic (or authentic) and being synthetic.

We are builders by nature, even when it comes to the self. We are always, it seems, trying to build a life, a career, or a reputation - trying to make a name for ourselves - when who we are has already been whispered into us before the foundations of the world. We just need to find out who that is and be that. A dear friend once said, “I think I’ve been asking the wrong question most of my life. I’ve been asking, ‘God, what do you want me to do?’ when I should have been asking, ‘God, who do you want me to be, and help me to do whatever helps me to be that.’”

That’s where this Psalm comes in. It is a reminder from God about the order and essence of real life. Whenever we start building (even a self to be), our labor will most likely be in vain. The true self is God-built. We just need to discover who that is and what that looks like in the world. When we start trying to make something of ourselves, we just end up creating layer upon layer of falseness, “putting on coats against the cold” as Frederick Buechner once called it. And that is the definition of toil - laboring in vain.

Give me the wisdom, O Lord, to know the difference - this day and every day - between who you truly made me to be and what I have merely tried to manufacture as a result of my own fears and insecurities.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

M is living in Asia working with an unreached people group. She is trusting that God will open doors for the gospel and empower local brothers and sisters to make disciples among them. Pray today for God to provide opportunities to share the gospel with the TL people by helping them with their social issues.

The goals of Kentucky Mountain Mission (KMM) and Youth Haven Bible Camp are two-fold: to reach the children and adults of southeastern Kentucky with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to train/disciple those that receive Christ for Christian leadership in their churches and communities. Pray today for all of those that attended summer camps that God may continue to work in their hearts.

Closing Prayer: Lord, you built me, help me to be all that you made me to be - nothing more and nothing less. Amen.