Daily Proverbial, from 1 John, 27 March 2013

 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?  1 John 3, verse 17.

If you’ve never done any kind of mission work – work for God’s sake – then this is your challenge:  listen to what He tells you in your heart and work for Him.  You’re on a mission today.

I’ve been blessed to do mission work overseas.  One thing I learned is that mission work in a foreign land teaches you humility.   If you don’t learn the lesson of humility there, perhaps you never will.   You’re out of your element and in a place where God can use that to His, and your, advantage.  When we’re away from the familiar, we listen more closely to God, cling tighter to what He says and does.  It’s a blessed thing to be broken down by God’s Spirit, to have the veneer of what we cling to in our material world stripped away and put in its proper place.

But it’s blessed, too, to learn that lesson where you are.  Here’s something a better man might have learned before he bought a plane ticket:  you don’t need to leave home to be on mission.   Our mission is to live lives as struggling sinners shining with the grace of the Savior in our homes, in our workplaces, in our schools, in our shopping malls, and in every breath we take.  John talks about our material possessions and how we should share those with neighbors in need.   That’s a meal, a hand mowing a lawn or hanging a fence, $50 for a tank of gas, or something:  something to meet a need in the moment.   The presence of the love to share our possessions is evidence of faith.   The absence of them is evidence of the absence of faith.

At the bottom of them is the heart.   Faith comes from the heart.   God reveals Himself to us in our hearts, deep inside where we hold dear what matters most.   God speaks to that part of us and moves us to do as we will from there.   Our mission should be to be on mission with an attitude from the heart wherever we are.   We’re on mission in line at the store, or at the zoo, or at our desks, or at the altar.   Our mission is to share ALL that God has given to us no matter where we are.  Perhaps our primary mission, then, is to the people immediately around us, the folks in our lives.  We see them most often and they’re most likely to be influenced by what we say and do.   Today, let’s model God’s behavior for them, then step back to see how He goes to work. 

Lord of my mission, help me to share all You have given to me so that my neighbors might know You more.

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