Mission Devotional - August 31, 2018
Friday, August 31, 2018
Opening Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you fully and completely expressed yourself to us in Jesus. Now we do not have to wonder what you are really like because you have shown us your Great Heart of Love. Amen.
Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-4
Journal: What does it mean that Christ was the full and complete expression of God? How has God expressed himself to you recently?
Reflection: At the beginning, God expressed himself. That personal expression, that word, was with God, and was God, and he existed with God from the beginning. (John 1:1-1-2, The Message)
This Son, radiance of God’s glory, flawless expression of the nature of God, himself the upholding principle of all that is, effected in person the reconciliation between God and man and the took his seat at the right hand of the majesty on high - this proving himself, by the more glorious name that he has won, far greater than all the angels of God. (Hebrews 1:3-4, JBP)
Now Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God. (Colossians 1:15, JBP)
In Christ God a full and complete expression of himself (Colossians 2:9)
In Christ, God expressed himself. Thus, Jesus is the very essence of all that God is. If anyone ever wonders what God is like, all he or she has to do is look at Jesus, who is his visible, tangible, and complete expression. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is all about expressing the very heart of God to a lost and broken world. That is the beauty and the mystery of the incarnation; God desires to express himself to his creation. He wants to express his life in us and then through us.
Thus, if the world has any chance of seeing the heart of God expressed in the flesh, it is through those of us in whom Christ lives and dwells. We are God’s visible expression now. Christ expressed God, and now we are to express Christ. Christ was the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, and now we are the ones who are to be the radiance of the glory of Christ and to be beautiful and compelling representations of his being. We are to be expressions of his divine character - his love and care and grace. We are to be representations of his life and his goodness and his holiness. Christ wants to express himself through us to those in this world who are dying to know his presence and his healing and his love. How will we be visible expressions of the invisible God in our lives and our world today?
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: Africa
Bill Harding is currently a special representative for SIM in North America. God is using Bill's gifts and rich experience in Ethiopia as a conference speaker to challenge and reaffirm the priority of world missions. Pray today for the over 800,000 Gedeo IDPs, Internally Displaced People. This is the tribe the Hardings have served for the past 35 years. Conflict has erupted again over tribal and land issues by the West Oromo/Guji and many thousands have fled to Yirgacheffe and Dilla.
The focus of Navigators International at UT Knoxville is the over 1,000 international students at the University of Tennessee who come from 100+ nations. Spouses and family networks back home multiply the potential for the gospel to spread. Navigator’s mission is to advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom to the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost. Pray today for the leaders of this ministry and for the international students that are reaching as they begin the fall semester.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, in you God gave a full and complete expression of himself. And now you call each of us to be a beautiful expression of you in this world. Give us the grace and the courage and the strength to be just that today. Amen.