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Mission Devotional - December 27, 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Opening Prayer: So many things, Lord Jesus, are vying for my attention and my affection this day. Help me to give all of myself fully to you, today and every day. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 10:38-42

Journal: What are you consumed by these days? What is that producing within you? How can you become consumed with Jesus instead? What does that look like?

Reflection: Martha and Mary were consumed. One was consumed with all that needed to be done, and the other was consumed with the One who had just come into their home. One was filled with anxiety and frustration, and the other was filled with a sense of wonder and awe and delight. One was totally overwhelmed by the demands that were upon her, and the other was overwhelmed with the Person that was before her.

There is a key lesson here: Whatever you are consumed by is what will grow larger and larger within you. It is just a part of being human. Each of us will be full of that which he or she is continually focused on. If I am focused on myself and my circumstances, I will be full of my own anxieties, agendas, and frustrations. But if I am focused on Jesus, I will be full of peace and joy and love. Martha was consumed with worry, and Mary was consumed with Jesus. Which one would you prefer?

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Andy and Bev Warren serve with an MTW team that is involved in HIV/AIDS work and church planting through the Ethiopia Aids Care and Treatment (ACT) Project. The project targets slum communities in Addis Ababa which contain the neediest people in the community - large percentages of women with small children. In recent years, the project has served more than 500 AIDS-affected families, reaching more than 1,200 people. In the last few months, the government of Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency because of increasing protests. Pray today for a new family sponsorship program, Family to Family. It is a way for a family in the U.S. to connect with one of their project families.

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 that they may enjoy their semester break and prepare for the new year.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to sit at your feet this day and listen to what you have to say. Then let that determine what I will do, and how I will do it. I want to be consumed with you, not consumed with myself. Help me to do just that. Amen.