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”
Exodus 3:10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.
We are called upon to speak freedom to people in slavery, just as Moses did for the children of Israel. But, what does slavery mean in our world today? Continue reading “Living Sent – Day 5”
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”
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”
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”
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”