Mission Devotional

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

When I think about the devotion today as it relates to missions, I think about why it is important to have missions and the impact that it has on the world. Often we may want to say why send me? What’s in it for me?

As we see in the devotional our Father in Heaven clearly does not need our help with anything so why do missions?

1.As we serve we are changing hearts. We are changing the way people think about Christians.

I was thinking about the conversation with Kristen over dinner. Christians just have a bad rap right now because we have been so religious and ritualistic in the past. So many people have turned away from God. Many people just don’t think they can relate to us. In the past we have put religion over relationship. The religious requirements have turned people away and pushed them to worldly things. So now more than ever we need to be on the mission field helping those who have lost their way, helping those who are hopeless. Helping the poor and serving as Christ served.

This past week I have seen first hand when we serve others hearts are changed. In the women’s shelter especially. Some ladies were hesitant at first but as they saw us as regular people and saw our hearts  they were able to relate to us and put down their guard. Oftentimes people do not think Christians are approachable.  As we get out there within our community hearts are changed

As we change hearts, we change lives, change communities and nations. This in turn affects all of us. As we move people towards Christ.

 2.As Christian we are supposed to be more like Christ. As we serve we are becoming more like Christ

 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. Matthew 20:28

When we accepted Christ as our personal savior there were certain things that we as Christians are required to do and one thing is to serve others. 

 Just as the body is dead without breath,[a] so also faith is dead without good works. James 2:26

3. Serving helps us as individuals

Humility submission and patience are some things mentioned in the passage as reasons to serve but I want to elaborate on this further and talk about some other benefits that we will see as we serving others.

***Serving helps us to be obedient.

Mark 16:15 says Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel

God values obedience over sacrifice 1 Sam 15:22.

Deuteronomy 15:11 says
There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.

 

***Helps us build leadership characteristics.

Matthew 20: 26-27

Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 

****Rewarding

Proverbs 19:17

If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord
    and he will repay you!