And if anyone gives a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.
Today Lana and I will be traveling to Nampula, Mozambique to share with missionaries of the African Inland Mission. We will be here the entire week and may not have time for another devotional thought to be posted until we return home to Germany next week. I will be the Bible teacher this week and will also be leading some separate seminars on team-building and conflict resolution. We are praying that God would use these meetings in a powerful way – that He will do this week in hearts and lives what only He can do.
We are washing the feet of those who have washed the feet of others, and it is a privilege to serve these humble servants of Christ. These are not “little ones” but giants in the faith who have left all to follow the will of God for their lives.
There is really not another standard for Christian service, other than to take up our cross daily and follow after Him – this means to surrender our lives into His hands for Him to use the way He wishes. It begins in the heart – we must surrender our hearts first to think as He would have us to think, then we are to follow Him where He leads us.
If our hearts are with God’s heart, then our feet should follow, as well as our mouth and our talents and our resources as well. An uncommitted Christian is a contradiction, for the only pattern of discipleship given is one of complete dedication. Of course, we have our weaknesses and our discouraging moments, but the path God calls us to walk in, the precise race He calls us to run, is a race that He will enable us to run with grace and to finish.
Lord, direct our hearts to think and to value and to react as Your heart does, to the events and challenges around us. Show us how we are to serve You today, and every day. Amen.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us , too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly as I should.
Today Lana and I are in Chimoio, Mozambique leading a marriage enrichment weekend for expatriate families. We ask you to pray for us that we are able to give a clear witness for Christ and able to help these marriages become stronger. Next week we will be in Nampula, Mozambique spending time with the missionaries of the African Inland Mission. I will be the Bible teacher for the week and Lana and I both will be doing member care among the mission family.
The next month Lana and I will be speaking more than 30 times, so I ask your prayers for us – for clarity, for strength, for effectiveness, for meaningful ministry, and for a gracious spirit to continue to dominate our hearts. Each of the settings in which we will be speaking will have people from many different nations present – I suspect by the time this month is finished we will have interacted with people from more than 50 nations. To paraphrase the prayer of Paul, Pray that we may proclaim the timeless truth of God’s word in a clear and applicable way.
I was touched this past week in our church as we commissioned Tanja Poppeck for her next step as a missionary. I appreciate her gentle quiet spirit and the power of her dedication to the Lord. Rev. Harmut Peters, of the German Missionary Fellowship (Deutsche Missionsgemeinschaft), also spoke briefly and his words were “spot on.” The church needs missionaries who dedicate their lives in obedience to God’s call, for through our support to them they enable us to fulfill our mission as God’s people to evangelize the world.
We often hear said, “We are all missionaries,” but those words are only partially correct. It is true that we are all to serve and be witnesses for Christ, but God still calls some to go into areas of the world and across cultural barriers to bear a witness for Christ. When God calls someone to go, He also calls us to pray and to support.
Lord, let us be found faithful in our generation to share the good news of the Kingdom with the world! Amen.