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Mission Devotional - September 29, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Lay Down Your Life

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you laid down your life for us. Give us the grace and the courage to lay down our lives for one another. Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy. Amen.

Scripture: 1 John 3:16-18

Journal: Where and how is God asking you to lay down your life these days?

Reflection: The laying down of a life is a tall order; one that I’m not sure can be accomplished by grit and determination. Because the laying down of a life - at least the laying down of it as Jesus calls us to - is not a one-time event, but a perpetual lifestyle. I can’t consistently choose you over me on a regular basis; I need Divine assistance. Only when I make this realization is it possible to make consistent progress in the direction of self-sacrifice. I cannot make myself like Jesus, no matter how hard I try. Only Jesus can make me like Jesus. I must simply surrender myself to him and put myself in his hands. He is my only hope of ever really living a life of laying down my life. Which, in wild irony, is the only way to become my true self (by abandoning myself altogether). Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

Bruce and Laura Harris directed SEND International’s camp and conference ministry in the mountains of western Tokyo for many years. The Harrises have returned to church planting and have settled back in Japan from a home assignment. Pray today for their young co-workers that have arrived to begin work there this month.

Bridges International serves the needs of international students adjusting to living and studying at the University of Tennessee. Pray today for the international students on campus that they may understand the love of Jesus during this semester.

Closing Prayer: O Jesus, I am so terrible at laying down my life. It runs so against my nature. Yet that is what you call me to. Teach me to love like you. Give me your heart. Make your heart, my heart. Amen.