Mission Devotional - August 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, you consistently call us to the one thing instead of the many things. Unfortunately, our lives tend to be filled with the many things. Help us, Jesus, to never be lacking in the one thing, but to choose each and every day to follow you instead of our own petty whims and surface desires. Amen.

Scripture: Mark 10:21

Journal: What is your one thing right now? Is it Jesus or something/someone else? What do you lack? What do you truly treasure? What does it look like to really follow Jesus in your current situation?

Reflection: Sometimes we behave like children in a toy shop. We want this, and that, and then something else. The many options confuse us and create an enormous restlessness in us. When someone says, "Well, what do you want? You can have one thing. Make up your mind," we don't know what to choose. As long as our hearts keep vacillating among these many wants, we cannot move forward in life with inner peace and joy. That is why we need inner and outer disciplines, to go beyond these wants and discover our mission in life. (Bread for the Journey by Henri Nouwen)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Josh and Jenny M. are working with the RAK Church Plant in the United Arab Emirates. The RAK Evangelical Church has now been formally constituted as a church with about 40 members. Construction is underway now for the church building. To find out more, go to the Reclamation Stories blog and watch a video.

Volunteers at CSPC provide English classes at CSPC for those who need to improve their language skills. Classes meet on Thursdays in the morning and in the evening. There is an optional Bible study held after the morning classes. The ESL students and teachers hold holiday parties, go on outings and picnics, and do other fun things together. Pray today for volunteers to help with the Thursday evening classes. Contact Mike Ballast: eslknoxville@gmail.com or 351-6688.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, be my one thing, not just one among many things. Amen.