Mission Devotional - October 14, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Opening Prayer: Make us alive, Lord Jesus, for if you don’t we can only be dead forever.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-7
Journal: How has Christ brought you to life? How is he currently making you alive?
Reflection: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
The bottom line to this life of faith is that Jesus is always about making us alive. It’s just who he is. He breathed us into being at the beginning, he raised us from the dead at the cross, and he breathes new life into us each day by his Spirit. Everywhere Jesus goes he brings life. Everything he touches comes alive in his hands. Everyone he calls forth from the tomb - even the tomb of doubt, or despair, or depression - is raised up from the dead. If you don’t believe it, just look at the gospels.
Therefore, if we are in relationship with Jesus - if he is living in us and working through us - the question is not if but where. Where and how. Where and how is he making us alive? Today. What is being raised up, or renewed, or resurrected within us these days? Where is there new life blooming? Because where we are most alive, Jesus is at work within us.
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: North Africa & Middle East
We are providing prayer support for two families living in Creative Access countries who are "Tent Makers." Their work gives them access to the local population. Pray today for wisdom and safety for these two growing families.
The Egleston Project in Boston is a church plant begun in 2012 by Logan and Melissa Keck. Christ the King church plant in the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury sections of Boston is reaching these diverse ethnic neighborhoods with the gospel and drawing them together into one purpose. Pray today for Logan and Melissa and their children as they meet the demands of ministry together.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to pay attention to the places we are most alive. For where we are most alive, you are at work within us.