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Mission Devotional - January 15, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord God, remind me this day that my life belongs to you and is not my own. You have given me the opportunity and the responsibility to be about your kingdom and your purposes this day. Help me not to get distracted from doing your work today, and no merely my own. Amen.

Scripture: Mark 13:33-37

Journal: What is the mission to which God has called you? What is the assigned task for which he has gifted and made you? What tends to distract you from that task?

Reflection: "It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch." (Mark 13:34, NIV)

Each of us, it would seem, is given a particular task in the work of God. It is something God has assigned to us, something specific and unique that he has made us to do. Thus, he has wired it into our DNA, breathed it into our very being. It flows from who we are and who he has made us to be. And it is up to us, with God's help, to discover just exactly what that work is, and then to do it, at all costs. For life with God involves being about his work, and not merely our own.

The problem is that life is so full of demands and obligations and distractions that it is easy for us to lose track of - or to never discover in the first place - what God has given us to do, or who he has called us to be, in his great big world. We get so consumed with making a living or managing our own lives that we lose sight of the fact that God made us bigger purposes - the purposes and work of his kingdom. And it is this work that we must not get distracted from.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Mark and Annemarie Dye are passionate about building Christian leaders to mobilize and equip the African Church for mission in the world. Pray today for the Dyes who have recently returned to Africa from a home stay.

Hope Resource Center is a multi-faceted Christian ministry addressing such matters as sexual purity and health, unplanned pregnancy, post-abortion stress and abstinence education. Pray today for all of the young women who will come to this ministry this month.

Closing Prayer: Keep me focused today, O Lord, on who you have called me to be and on the things you have given me to do. Amen.