Mission Devotional - January 12, 2019
Saturday, January 12, 2019
"I have yet to speak on God's behalf."
Today's Devotional Reading
We ought not to court publicity for our virtue, or notoriety for our zeal; but, at the same time, it is a sin to be always seeking to hide that which God has bestowed upon us for the good of others. A Christian is not to be a village in a valley, but "a city set upon a hill;" he is not to be a candle under a bushel, but a candle in a candlestick, giving light to all. Retirement may be lovely in its season, and to hide one's self is doubtless modest, but the hiding of Christ in us can never be justified, and the keeping back of truth which is precious to ourselves is a sin against others and an offence against God. If you are of a nervous temperament and of retiring disposition, take care that you do not too much indulge this trembling propensity, lest you should be useless to the church. Seek in the name of him who was not ashamed of you to do some little violence to your feelings, and tell to others what Christ has told to you. If thou canst not speak with trumpet tongue, use the still small voice. If the pulpit must not be thy tribune, if the press may not carry on its wings thy words, yet say with Peter and John, "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee." By Sychar's well talk to the Samaritan woman, if thou canst not on the mountain preach a sermon; utter the praises of Jesus in the house, if not in the temple; in the field, if not upon the exchange; in the midst of thine own household, if thou canst not in the midst of the great family of man. From the hidden springs within let sweetly flowing rivulets of testimony flow forth, giving drink to every passer-by. Hide not thy talent; trade with it; and thou shalt bring in good interest to thy Lord and Master. To speak for God will be refreshing to ourselves, cheering to saints, useful to sinners, and honoring to the Savior. Dumb children are an affliction to their parents. Lord, unloose all thy children's tongue. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning & Evening - Daily Readings
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: North Africa & the Middle East
Mike and Stephanie have been working with a project called LEARN (Leadership Education and Resource Network) based in Beirut, Lebanon. They recently completed a sabbatical in the U.S. and have moved to Bellingham, WA. They will begin a new work with World Outreach (EPC) with ITEN (International Theological Educational Network). Mike's role will allow him to engage in three areas of ministry he loves: teaching, writing and preaching. ITEN seeks to train trainers who will equip their own people to live on mission for the glory of God among the unreached. Pray today for Mike and Stephanie as they begin this new work.
World Mission Centre was established in 1989 in to awake a deeper understanding of world evangelization and to mobilize Christians at a local church level to heed the call of the Great Commission. The Live School seeks to train thousands of workers to join worldwide efforts to reach the unreached. Pray today for the World Mission Centre team and all who are receiving training through the Live School.