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Mission Devotional - November 26, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Opening Prayer: O Lord my God, give me the same attitude this day as that of Christ Jesus, who emptied himself and made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant. May I do the same. Amen.

Scripture: Philippians 2:5-8

Journal: How is God calling you to empty yourself these days? How is that process going?

Reflection: If we are too full, there is no room within us to receive the beautiful and life-giving things that God longs to give. Therefore, we must empty ourselves. We must empty ourselves of anxiety and insecurity and fear. We must empty ourselves of opinion and agenda and demand. We must empty ourselves of all of our need. Ultimately, I suppose, we must empty ourselves of self. We must empty ourselves of entitlement and right and privilege, just like Jesus did. For only then will be totally open and completely surrendered to whatever God wants to do in and through us. And that is the path to life and love and wholeness.

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 God's Spirit to work in and through those the Dyes are training in S. Africa and in Kenya.

The vision of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches. Their mission is to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. Pray today for all the FCA leaders and student athletes in Knoxville.

Closing Prayer: O Lord, forgive me that most days I am so full of myself that there is no room for you. Empty me, O God, of all that is not you, that I might be who you long for me to be and love the way you desire me to love. Amen.