Yesterday was yet another good day down here in Mississippi. The only bummer since we have been down here is that Amy hasn’t been feeling well. She seems to have some sort of cold. So please pray for her, that she would be totally healed and able to participate in everything that is going on.
So I woke up this morning, groggily tried to get some breakfast shoveled into my mouth and headed back to our room to do my morning devotions. The thing that caught my eye today was in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. The main reason I put the text for the day as a link is because I do my devotions from Eugene Peterson’s The Message translation of the bible.
I really like how Peterson translated this passage. It says, “…I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view” Even in the early church, there was this tendency of wanting to build impenetrable walls between the church and the world. And while Paul did value walking as “called out ones” he realized that part of the vary nature of our call as Christians is to GO! Somehow this has become so contrary to how the church operates today. Somehow we have become all about getting the unsaved to enter our world. Paul was saying, we need to alter our attitudes and personalities in such a way that we can enter into the worlds of the non-believers and actually make an impact.
I heard a song on Christian radio today that said something along the lines that you and I may be the only Jesus that some people ever get to see. The point was to make the most of the relationships and opportunities that the Lord gives to us. I must confess that these domestic mission trips are difficult for me. For whatever reason it is difficult for me to empathize with the plight of the average American. But this scripture reminded me that every opportunity that we have is a blessing from the Lord. My prayer for all of us today is that we would make the most of every opportunity, but also, as Paul did, that we would enter into new worlds asking the Lord for even more opportunities to be Jesus to this world…