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May 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: The Great Commission Today 5


Our Missionary Calling

 

Romans 10:14-15

How are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?

 

Thought for Today

Not everyone has the spiritual gift of evangelism, but everyone is sent. The missionary calling belongs to every Christian. God has given you a unique circle of friends who have a lot in common with you. God has placed you in a specific family. There are people that God has placed in your life that He intends to use you exactly as you are to reach. Missions looks like the new mom struggling with her infant and wondering where she will get the strength for today. It looks like your neighbor, whose marriage is in trouble and wants to know if anyone can put the pieces together. Being on mission for God does not mean that every conversation is about Jesus. It is about following the Holy Spirit when He says, “This conversation should be about Jesus.” How else will they know that God has strength and peace for new moms and the power of forgiveness to heal marriages? Are you open to your missionary calling today?

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me be sensitive to Your Spirit this weekend, so that I will know when I should speak of You and have the courage to do so. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Two lessons which have made sharing the Gospel much easier: We simply can't predict who will or won't be interested in the Gospel, and building a friendship is not a prerequisite to inviting people to learn about the Gospel. — Clayton Christensen

 

Quote of the Day

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work. — Pearl Bailey



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05-10-2019 at 6:48 AM
Tom S
Romans 10:14-16 New International Version (NIV)

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”[a]
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May 9, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: The Great Commission Today 4


Whose Plan

Acts: 16:7-9

And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

 

Thought for Today

When you are reaching out with the Good News about Jesus things don’t always go according to plan; according to your plan, that is. You can do everything right, be perfectly faithful and willing, and find the door you thought you would be opening shut tight. It even happened to the Apostle Paul. If you were to start in verse 6 you would see that he went to share the gospel in four different areas and no one would listen. Paul was doing everything that had worked everywhere else without success. Can you imagine the frustration he must have felt? The issue was not Paul’s ability or faithfulness, the issue was God’s timing and plan. When God was ready He called Paul to Macedonia and things started to take off dramatically. If you feel like you’re doing everything right in trying to reach someone for Jesus and it just is not working out like you planned, maybe it is time to give the plan back to the Lord. Success in reaching another person is in God’s hands, so wait on His timing and listen for His plan.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, it is difficult to be patient when I am sharing my faith with someone I love. Help me to listen for Your leading so that I might follow Your plan, in Your time, rather than insisting that You follow mine. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I have learned in my life that my plans don't matter. It's God's plan. — Taya Kyle
 

Quote of the Day

Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting. — Joyce Meye

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May 8, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: The Great Commission Today 3


It Takes a Church

 

Acts 13: 2-3

The Holy Spirit said [to the church at Antioch], “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

 

Thought for Today

It takes a community of believers to lift up men and women for the mission field. After Saul came to faith in Jesus Christ he was taken in by the church in Antioch and nurtured. Through their seeking the Lord’s will together they heard the voice of God call Saul and Barnabas to venture out into the work God had prepared for them. The community did not shake their hands and rush them out the door when they heard God’s call, but the whole community fasted and prayed over Saul, Barnabas, and the work. Only when the men were well prepared in the earthly and spiritual realms did they send them forth. This is part of the work of the church. The community of faith prepares workers for the harvest fields, whether across the ocean or next door. What can you do as a part of your church to prepare someone for the work God is calling them to undertake?

 

Prayer

Lord, I know that You have a plan for my life, but You also allow me the privilege of preparing others for Your call upon them, too. Help me to do all that I can to celebrate, pray over, encourage, and prepare those around me as You ready them for the adventure You have prepared for them.

 

Devotional Quote

I believe God takes the things in our lives - family, background, education - and uses them as part of his calling. It might not be to become a pastor. But I don't think God wastes anything. — Eugene H. Peterson

 

Quote of the Day

The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people. — John Maxwell

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