Daily Devotion

Living Sent – Day 6

 

Genesis 12:1-3 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

I love to look at this great promise that was given to Abram and know that I am here today because of God’s faithfulness. One part that I often overlook, however, is the action that God required of Abram. Continue reading “Living Sent – Day 6”

Living Sent – Day 4

 

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Let’s say you were SENT to a new grocery store to buy dinner. How would you know exactly what to buy? How to get there? How to get back? Or how to pay for it? To know all these answers, you would have to ASK the person who sent you, and you would need to LISTEN for the answers. It’s the same when God sends you anywhere. You have to pray about where, when, what, who, and how He wants you to serve. You also need to listen. It may be hard to trust God when going somewhere new or meeting someone for the first time and sharing the Gospel with them. But no matter what, it is important to remember that God has a specific plan for you. Continue reading “Living Sent – Day 4”

Living Sent – Day 3

 

John 17:18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.

Living sent. We go because Jesus was sent and we follow in His steps.

When I think about being sent, I get a real sense of anxiety. What even is living sent? How can I fit yet another thing on my to do list? When I hear big “churchy” phrases like living sent and going out into the world, I find the phrases to sound confusing and full of hard work. Continue reading “Living Sent – Day 3”

Living Sent – Day 2

 

Matthew 20:28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


When I ponder on this verse, one thing that comes to mind is “choice vs right.” Christ had the “right” to rule on earth with His sovereign power. Similarly, we have the “right” to many of the luxuries of this life. However, Christ came to this earth as a helpless baby and spent his life humbling himself and serving the most hated or marginalized sectors of his community.  We in turn must take his example and choose to humble ourselves before the Lord of host first and then walk humbly with the Lord as we encounter this world.  Continue reading “Living Sent – Day 2”

Living Sent – Day 1

 

Jeremiah 29:7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.

God sent the Israelites into exile (banished them) to a city in which they did not want to be. God instructs them to seek the welfare of the city into which they’d been sent. This meant praying for and working for the good of the city in which they were held captive. I’m sure
that if I were in their shoes, I wouldn’t want the city that was holding me captive to prosper… in fact, I’d probably be wishing the worst upon them. But Jeremiah shares God’s words with his people, … if it prospers, you too will prosper. Continue reading “Living Sent – Day 1”

20/20 Mission Clarity – Day 21 – February 1, 2020

Some people just need to know you still care

15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? ” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. 16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. 17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. 18 ”I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”

20 Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved-the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” 21 Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” 22 Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” 23 So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” 24 This disciple is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate. 25 Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written. John 21:15-24 Continue reading “20/20 Mission Clarity – Day 21 – February 1, 2020”

20/20 Mission Clarity – Day 20 – January 31, 2020

Faith and belief is a process

24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin,  was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”” John 20:24-29

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20/20 Mission Clarity – Day 19 – January 30, 2020

This is a message to give

11 Mary stood outside the grave crying. As she cried, she got down and looked inside the grave. 12 She saw two angels dressed in white clothes. They were sitting where the body of Jesus had lain. One angel was where His head had lain and one angel was where His feet had lain. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you crying?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord. I do not know where they have put Him.” 14 After saying this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 He said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” She thought He was the man who cared for the garden. She said to Him, “Sir, if you have taken Jesus from here, tell me where you have put Him. I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned around and said to Him, “Teacher!” 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to Me. I have not yet gone up to My Father. But go to My brothers. Tell them that I will go up to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God!” 18 Mary Magdalene went and told the followers that she had seen the Lord. She told them the things He had said to her. John 20:11-18 

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20/20 Mission Clarity – Day 18 – January 29, 2020

Taking  the higher road

Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep’s Gate, a pool which is called Bethesda.  Here a great number of disabled persons used to lie-the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  One who was there had been an invalid for 38 years.  When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in that condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”  “Sir”, the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.  While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”  Then Jesus said, “Take up your mat and walk”.  At once the man was cured.     John 5:1-16 Continue reading “20/20 Mission Clarity – Day 18 – January 29, 2020”