Mission Devotional - November 12, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

Abide

Opening Prayer: Abide in me and I will abide in you.

Scripture: John 15:1-11

Journal: What does God's invitation for you to abide in him do within you today? How will you take him up on his invitation?

Reflection: We ministers of the Gospel, how we are in danger of getting into a condition of work, work, work! And we pray over it, but the freshness and buoyancy and joy of the heavenly life are not always present. Let us seek to understand that the life of the branch is a life of much fruit, because it is a life rooted in Christ, the living, heavenly Vine.

Let us again ask: what has the branch to do? You know that precious, inexhaustible word that Christ used: "Abide." Your life is to be an abiding life. And how is this abiding to be? It is to be just like the branch in the vine, abiding every minute of the day. There are the branches, in close communion, in unbroken communion, with the vine, from January to December. And cannot I live every day - it is to me an almost terrible thing that we should ask the question - cannot I live in abiding communion with the heavenly Vine?

You say: "But I am so much occupied with other things."

You may have ten hours' hard work daily, during which your brain has to be occupied with temporal things; God orders it so. But the abiding work is the work of the heart, not the brain, the work of the heart clinging to and resting in Jesus, a work in which the Holy Spirit links us to Christ Jesus. Oh, do believe that deeper down than the brain, deep down in the inner life, you can abide in Christ, so that every moment you are free the consciousness will Come: "Blessed Jesus, I am still in thee." (Absolute Surrender and Other Addresses by Andrew Murray)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

Lewis and Elsbeth have just moved to Seoul, South Korea to work with exiled high school students. Lewis works to make evangelical literature available to the nations so that people can come to Christ. Pray today for Lewis and Elsbeth as they begin teaching in this new semester. They are teaching in order to build relationships and begin sharing the gospel. Pray for a Saturday morning English club that they are trying to start.

Mekong Ministries' vision is to see churches among every Mekong People group that are spiritually healthy and glorifying God, reaching beyond themselves and planting churches in nearby unreached villages and unreached peoples. They seek to facilitate indigenous and Biblical church planting movements among unreached peoples of the Mekong Region. Pray today for the TL church plants in Laos that need prayer support for continual evangelistic efforts, encouragement, growth, joy, and strength in standing against governmental and registered church pressure.

Closing Prayer: You are the vine, Lord Jesus, and I am just a branch. Help me to remember that today, and to live my life abiding in you. Amen.