Tuesday, October 2, 2012
I'm sitting here in the Pittsburgh airport anxiously awaiting a couple flights which will land me in Mexico. Me and 12 other young adults are on our way to do some missions work in San Luis.
Why is it that missions trips create a spiritual urgency in us? We pray harder. We prepare. We go with expectation believing for miracles and transformed lives.
But when it comes to the every day, we coast. We're comfortable. We have our ministry down to a science. We don't even have to pray that much. We just do it.
Consider this verse from the Acts 20:22-23:
"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me."
You know what stands out to me here? In the face of pain and difficulty, Paul was compelled to go. He wasn't concerned for his own well-being - he was sold out to the cause.
Every day was a new adventure because He was following the Holy Spirit.
What about you?
When you're following the Holy Spirit, you feel compelled. There's a burning in your heart to do what He calls you to do - go where He calls you to go - and be who He's called you to be.
What if you approached your worship leading this Sunday like you would a missions trip? What if you were "on your toes" - prayed up, expectant, focused, and believing for the miraculous?
Because God is always up to miraculous work - saving the lost, healing the sick, awakening lifeless hearts. And He wants to do that through you.
Are you ready?
Praying for you and your ministry, Christy.
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David wholeheartedly gave me permission to use this email that he sent out. I wanted to share this because I too have felt this way about our mission field being wherever we are right now....and not saving that urgency for when we get on that plane. I've done missionary work here in the U.S. and in South America....as well as everyday serving where I am. There shouldn't be a difference in our "spiritual urgency". There is a battle going on all over this planet, and people needing the Savior everywhere. Stand up soldier, and rise to your call. Let's be on our faces praying for our fellow brothers and sisters who are serving all over this world, and in our own churches and neighborhoods. If you've ever asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, you are a missionary right now and have received the call, see Matthew 28:19-20.
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