Thurs, July 2, 2020

Faith on Mission


Good morning, Anthem Church! I hope you are finding peace, joy and the power of God in the midst of a long and confusing season. I mentioned it on Sunday, but I have been getting the sense that it is time for us to begin to turn in our internal postures towards the mission and purpose to which we were called. That’s not to say that we haven’t been… but just to say that in our attitudes and approaches to life, we want to be in a place where we are hearing and doing the word of God. 

Today’s devotional will be slightly different than some of our others… I want you to read this story from Elijah’s life and we are going to spend some time reflecting on how God meets us and helps us endure in moments of faith on mission.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” And she went and he and her household ate for many days. The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah. — 1 Kings 17:8-16

Reflection: What do you see when you read this passage?

So often, God meets us when we step out in faith and obedience. He gives us instructions, mission and purpose and as we walk in faith and obedience, his power is demonstrated in partnership with our faith and obedience.

Exercise #1: Write down the commands that God has given through his Word that have come to your mind/been relevant over the last 4 months.

As the days, weeks, and months continue to pile up, the general feeling can be weariness. Oftentimes in our lives, weariness leads to a place where we are disobedient (either out of laziness, apathy or outright rebellion). So how do we combat weariness? How do we endure? 

The Word of the Lord.

Exercise #2: Take a moment to reflect on the calling of God among your friends, family and neighbors. You haven’t been able to fully engage people for a while, but how have you been ministering to them? Have there been any opportunities to see God’s faithfulness meeting you in moments of mission and faith?

As time continues on we will have to reconcile how to engage the world around us with the Gospel of Jesus. It probably won’t look the same as it did before, but the calling on our lives has not changed.

We will look at this idea of “mission” through a few different lenses. Our next devotional will be about contending for our marriages. Caleb and Deb Womack will walk us through what it means to be on mission in our marriage relationships.