Monday, December 8th:
Read: Matthew 28:18
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
Often times when we come to this familiar passage in Matthew 28 (known as the Great Commission) we forget this verse. Before we can get into the “going” and “making disciples” piece…it’s essential for us to remember in whose power we are sent. Jesus, the One in whom all authority has been given, is sending us out. In sum…we have solid backing.
Pray that God would give you a clear reminder today of whose authority we have been sent.
Tuesday, December 9th:
Read: Matthew 28:19-20
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The remainder of the Great Commission is clear…we have a calling. And that calling is to go and make disciples. It’s not a one time deal or a “someday when…” deal. It’s an every day…every situation kind of deal. Ask yourself today…what does it look like for you to go? How are you integrally working in response to the gospel to make disciples?
- Ask God to give you a clear understanding of how your life can be lived on mission in fulfillment of the Great Commission.
- Pray that God would provide clear direction in specific ways you can give generously (of your time, money, and resources) to see the mission of God go forward here in Greensboro.
Wednesday, December 10th:
Read: Ephesians 2:10
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
It’s still somewhat of a divine mystery to me that God chooses to use us to fulfill His mission. It seems more reasonable at times to think that He could just do it Himself. But as the Bible so clearly reminds us…God uses us. Bottom line. That’s pretty incredible. What a privilege to be used by God in our home, our workplace, at the gym, overseas…wherever God has placed us.
- Thank God today that He has created you to fulfill His mission. Thank God that He uses you.
- Pray that God would give you a clear understanding of where you can be specifically used and how you can be used to fulfill His mission.
Thursday, December 11th:
Read: Psalm 67:1-3
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah 2 that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations 3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!”
Two words should stick out to us in this passage. The first is “people” and the second is “all”. God’s mission includes people from every walk of life…every culture…every race…you get the picture. That means as we give to the mission of God we are giving to see Psalm 67:3 fulfilled.
Pray that God would use us to see the gospel go forward to every corner of the earth.
Ask God to use us as a church to see all nations praise Him.
Friday the 12thand Saturday the 13th:
Read: Isaiah 12
“You will say in that day: ‘I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.’ 2 ‘Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. 3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.’ 4 And you will say in that day: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. 5 ‘Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. 6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.’”
Our pray should be to see the reality of Isaiah come to fruition in the lives of our friends, neighbors, and family members. As a church, we want to see the words Isaiah sung from people that know they are far from God (irreligious) and people who don’t even know they are far from God (religious). What would it look like for you to be a part of that in your personal sphere of influence and through Mercy Hill Church?
As you read through this paragraph of praise in Isaiah…ask God to give you a clear understanding of what He has done for you in the gospel.
- Pray that God would use that reminder to propel you forward on mission for His glory.