Mission Devotional - September 10, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018
Dying to Self
Opening Prayer: O God, this call to die is so scary and unnerving; no wonder I try to control it. The truth is that I can’t possibly die to self if you do not give me the courage and the grace. Yet, that is exactly what you call me to. So help me to surrender myself completely into your hands and trust you, wherever it may lead. In the name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus I pray. Amen.
Scripture: John 21:18-19
Journal: How is God asking you to die to self these days?
Reflection: We try to control everything, don’t we? Even our dying. So when Jesus calls us to die to self, we immediately spring into action and start trying to figure out how we can do that. The problem is that we are the ones trying to figure it out. Thus, we are the ones trying to choose (or control) how and when and where we will do this. Which is actually is a large part of our problem
Apparently, as you can see in this interaction with Simon Peter, we do not get a say in that process. God does not ask for our vote and then act accordingly. Dying to self is all about surrender, not control. Therefore, he is the one who gets to determine what this dying needs to look like, as he did with Jesus.
Dying to self - as modeled by Jesus - is neither selective nor discriminating. I do not get to choose who or whether, the call to “Follow me” takes all judgment and discretion out of my hands. Mine is just to die and to die and to die again. Not out of begrudging obedience, but out of the deepest possible affection. That is the goal - loving submission to whatever God desires.
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: Europe
John and Kathy Lesondak are church planters who work across denominational lines in Slovakia to encourage and enable pastors in their work. The Lesondaks utilize various opportunities to engage with local residents, including classes in pottery and sewing. Pray today for completion of the paperwork necessary to finalize the purchase of a house to be used for the Roma community Church in Vitkovce. This house will allow the community to have a place of their own for the first time.
Thrive Lonsdale is led by CSPC member Clayton Wood. This organization challenges inner-city youth with the love of Jesus Christ to serve others and reconcile by creatively meeting their spiritual, educational, and recreational needs through Bible study, tutoring, mentoring and outings. Pray today for the Thrive team of volunteers and staff as they connect with the children of Lonsdale this semester.
Closing Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for showing us what dying to self really looks like. May we be more like you today. Amen.