Today our video follows a missionary story of heartache and redemption. Because of that, our focus for today is a truth that has to be discussed when we begin to seek to live on this mission for God. That truth is this: when seeking to live this mission for God, there will be a lot of times that don't seem to make sense. There will be times when persecution and trials are more than we can bear. There will be times when our hearts know what God wants to do but yet our circumstances scream that it is just impossible. There will be more reasons than we could possibly imagine to give up, to stop, to retreat back into our life of comfort and control, and to buy in to the lie of our enemy that this just simply isn't worth it.
God is worthy! If we live for this mission, we will give up a lot of things. God is worthy! If we live for this mission, we will face trials, rejection, pain, confusion, and suffering. God is worthy!
Also, if we live on this mission, we will be overwhelmed with the saving, redeeming power of the sovereign King of this world. We will be amazed at how He blesses our lives not with material things but as He overwhelms us with Himself. We will be blown away with how He takes seemingly hopeless situations and makes a beautiful masterpiece for His glory in ways that only He could do and in ways that we would never hope or imagine.
We will never out give God. God loves us far more than we could love ourselves. God loves the people and things we love far better than we could ever love them and He knows what is best for them. He will provide what is best for them far better than we ever could if we could ever get to the point where we trust them to Him in our obedience.
If we are living a life without any trial, persecution, loss, or difficulty then we have to ask what Jesus meant when He promised His followers that they would face it. We should never look for it but we should also never live in fear of it.
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2 Corinthians 4:8-10 - We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
Ephesians 2:4-8 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ for it is by grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
- What are some ways that living our lives for the lost locally and globally can be a scary or a difficult thing?
- How does the promise of God's redemption in our lives make you feel and think about living for this mission?
Today we are going to pray for those who are being persecuted around the world for their faith. Pray for brothers and sister around the world who are being beaten, imprisoned, or killed for their faith. Pray for believers locally who face persecution in our schools and work places for taking a stand for God. Don't pray that the persecution ends. Pray that God is glorified in it, that the faith of the believers stay strong through it, and that their powerful example changes those who see it for the glory of God.