Making Ready for the mission.. today’s

Devotional Discussion Thought of the Day…

 34 Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evilMatthew 6:34 (NAB)

Tomorrow evening I head to the airport – I am travelling to a foreign land, where i will be sharing God’s love with others.  Will proclaim God’s word to some, will worship and pray alongside others, will teach and share as I am able.

I am looking forward to it, as I try to work on what the messages will be each day, and wonder how best to reveal to them the height and breadth, depth and width of God’s love for them in Christ.  It is my first oversees mission experience, and I am looking forward to it.

It is no odd thing, that among my devotional readings this morning, this came up:

When you are preparing for a work of apostolate (this is his and an ancient term for a mission endeaevor), make your own these words of a man who was seeking God: “Today I start to preach a retreat for priests. God grant we may draw profit from it—and, first of all, myself!” And later: “I have been on this retreat for several days now. There are a hundred and twenty on it. I hope that Our Lord will do good work in our souls.”  (1)

We know that God will do these things – yet we pray that we are realizing it is done around us, that God is doing this here!

But even as I planned to plan, I had to encounter that quote from Matthew, and realized, my mission, my apostolate doesn’t start when I land in Asia, today there is a mission. Today’s mission has begun…. Today I will encounter people that need, desperately need to know God’s love.

Are you ready for your mission? Are you ready to be sent – to be God’s apostle to your workplace today?  It is not as much “work”, as it is simply realizing that you dwell in God’s presence, realizing that He brought you into His presence. That everything you need, He provides, the cleansing of sin, the removal of guilt and shame, the love and peace that makes life truly abundant….

Living the mission, living the apostolate, is simply living in and depending on God’s grace.. and that occurs whether you are in Cerritos, or Hong Kong…

Godspeed

(1)Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 2435-2438). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God’s saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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