Mission Devotional - October 2, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Must

Opening Prayer: My God, I wish to give myself to thee. Give me the courage to do so. - Francois Fenelon

Scripture: 1 Kings 8:54-61

Journal: What are your “musts” these days? What are God’s “musts” for you?

Reflection: We who have heard the call of our God to a life of entire consecration and perfect trust, must do differently from all this. We must come out from the world and be separate and must not be conformed to it in our characters or in our lives. We must set our affections on heavenly things and not on earthly ones and must seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, surrendering everything that would interfere with this. We must walk through the world as Christ walked. We must have the mind that was in Him. As pilgrims and strangers, we must abstain from lusts of the flesh that war against the soul. As good soldiers of Christ, we must disentangle ourselves from the affairs of this life as far as possible, that we may please Him who hath chosen us to be soldiers. We must abstain from all appearance of evil. We must be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ’s sake, hath forgiven us. We must not resent injuries of unkindness, but must return good for evil, and turn the other cheek to the hand that smites us. We must take always the lowest place among our fellow-men; and seek not our own honor, but the honor of others. We must be gentle and meek and yielding, not standing up for our own rights but for the rights of others. We must do all that we do for the glory of God. And, to sum it all up, since He who hath called us is holy, so must we be holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” (The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

H and L serve in Asia and have taken on new roles in 2018. H has been asked to be a coordinator for their agency’s efforts to facilitate the development of local mission movements within one country in Asia, particularly for reaching the peoples of East Asia. L is working to connect Asian citizens who have become Christians while studying abroad with local churches in their own countries upon their return. They ask that you pray for church leaders in China that they may have courage, boldness and perseverance during some challenging times.

Choices Resource Center is a Christian, life-affirming pregnancy resource center offering services to help people facing decisions regarding pregnancy, parenting, purity, and post abortion healing. Pray today for each young woman who will visit this center this week.

Closing Prayer: Lord, I am yours; I do yield myself up entirely to you, and I believe that you do take me. I leave myself with you. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will, and I will only lie still in your hands and trust you. Amen. (The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)