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Mission Devotional - November 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help my life and my ministry to always be a living expression of your life in me. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 9:51-56

Journal: Who, or what, determines how you will spend your days? Who, or what, typically sets your face? Who has God called you to be? What is God setting your face toward these days?

Reflection: Doing and being can be really confusing. As a matter of fact, we often get the two backwards. We often start with doing rather than being, which leaves us constantly feeling like our lives are living us, rather than us living our lives. When we live this way we are at the mercy of our circumstances, constantly living in reaction to whatever may arise. It is a ready, fire, aim mentality.

Jesus, however, shows us a whole different way of living. He shows us that, in the life of faith, being must always come before doing. What we do must always flow out of a deep recognition of who God has called us to be. Jesus knew his mission. He knew who he was and what he was about, and that determined his steps each day. Thus, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. It was a purposeful, intentional choice. He was not the victim of circumstances. His mission determined his direction, not vice versa. And he invites us to live the same way.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

We support a family that is serving at a sanatorium for chest diseases, focusing on bringing holistic healing for body and soul to the semi-nomadic people of the area by providing high quality healthcare for them. Our supported worker serves in the Mobile Dental Clinic that was donated to the Annoor Sanatorium to further the outreach and care to Bedouin in remote areas. This clinic is housed in a 25-foot straight truck with two dental operatories, each with x-ray capability, a compressor and vacuum suction. The clinic is a great resource to meet the felt needs of the poor in places where it is hard or impossible to receive any kind of dental care. Pray today for the safety of these workers.

Samaritan Ministry is a faith-based AIDS Service Organization led by Wayne Smith at Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville. They seek to serve people, primarily in East Tennessee, who are living with HIV/AIDS through direct support and by way of their significant network of service providers. Pray today for the staff of this ministry and the people they are serving.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help my doing to always flow out of a continual sense of being with you. Amen.