Mission Devotional - October 15, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Unity

Opening Prayer: How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity. It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133:1-3, NIV)

Scripture: Psalm 133:1-3

Journal: How is your sense of community these days? How committed are you to living life with others, rather than going it on your own? Do you really believe that your own personal relationship with God will never be all that it can be if you are not living it in community? How will you begin to do that?

Reflection: How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133:1, 3)

When we live in loving community with those around us, we truly reflect the glory and the beauty of the Three-in-One God. That is why unity leads to the bestowing of God’s blessing and life, for it is life the way it was intended to be. Thus, community (as is worship) is merely the invitation to enter into the joy and gladness and delight of the life of God himself. What an invitation!

R. Thomas Ashbrook asks: “What might it mean to live fully and freely in the life of the Trinity, knowing and loving God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as they know and love each other?” I think part of what it might mean is that we begin to live like that with each other as well. That joining in the Dance of the Trinity means that we dance with each other that way as well. It is merely a reflection of who he is, and who we are in him. God cannot help but bestow his blessing because his very life is flowing in and through and among us. Which is good and pleasant indeed.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: North Africa & Middle East

Sybil Baloyi lives in Mozambique and runs a preschool for orphaned and vulnerable children. Pray today for new teachers in the school that they may adjust quickly and enjoy being part of the team.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes at Cedar Springs meet the needs of international residents of Knoxville who desire to become proficient in the language of their new country. Volunteers lead ESL classes each Thursday morning and evening during the school year. Pray today for both the students and volunteers, that opportunities to have conversations about the gospel during these times together will become available.

Closing Prayer: Help me, O God. Give me the grace and the courage to join the Dance of the Trinity, and to begin to dance with those in my life and world in that way as well.