Mission Devotional - October 21, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Opening Prayer: O God, heal me and make me whole, cleanse me and make me new inside, free me from all forms of comparison, and from trying to manage others' perceptions of me. Make me all yours. Amen.
Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6
Journal: What are your logs these days? How do they keep you from seeing clearly?
Jesus: Do you want to know why you tend to see the speck rather than the log?
Me: I'm not sure, but I'll bet you are going to tell me anyway.
Jesus: I certainly am. I love you too much not to.
Me: I was afraid you were going to say that.
Jesus: The reason you see the speck rather than the log is because of your fear and insecurity. You have such an overwhelming need to be right, because somehow you think that being right proves to the world that you are worth loving. You need to have your opinion valued and respected because you're worth and value are so tied to it. When you begin to let go of that neediness, then I can begin to do a transforming work in your soul. It is all a part of the process of growth and change. Seeing the log rather than the speck is the beginning of that process. That's because seeing the log in your own eye produces humility, and humility produces compassion. And compassion is the best indicator that you have been truly and deeply marked by my love, which allows you, in turn, to truly love others.
Me: Thank you for loving me that much!
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Tim and Barbie K. are working to translate the Bible into the Makori language, currently working in Acts and Galatians. Barbie is also guest house manager and Regional Director, having responsibility for more than 20 missionaries in the area. Their main goal is to see a Makori church effectively using its own Bible translation. Pray today for Tim and Barbie who are in the U.S. on home assignment until late summer 2018. One of the things they are doing while in the U.S. is getting their youngest daughter Hannah settled in college. Pray for all of them during this time.
World Gospel Mission partners with individuals and churches worldwide to make disciples of Christ and encourage believers to become missions-active through ministries that reach the whole person - physically and spiritually - transforming communities. Pray today for all the missionaries deployed by this organization.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to see the log rather than the speck. Amen.