Monday, November 16th
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever. He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly. The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked. The Lord will reign forever. He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations. Praise the Lord! Psalm 146:5-10
The month of November is all about Missions. The goal of talking about missions is to raise our level of awareness, understanding, and participation. Last week was an introductory week. Here is some of what we covered: God's mission for this world is first and foremost a mission of Redemption. Redemption is a gift of compassion that God gives to a lost and rebellious world. The compassion with which God relates to us becomes the compassion with which we relate to others. When we relate to others with a compassion and love that comes out of the compassion and love we are experiencing from God, we become channels through which God brings his redemptive love and provision to a battered and hurting world.
This is our second week of focusing on Missions. Our goal this week is to see that our mission of compassion is two-fold. Yes, Missions brings the Gospel message of redemption to the world, but it is also involves caring deeply about the significant pain and suffering that exists in our world and taking helpful steps toward alleviating it. We know that God is on a mission to redeem the world, but he is also on a mission to alleviate the significant pain and suffering that exists in our world. Today's passage speaks very clearly to the fact the God cares very deeply about human pain and suffering and that he truly seeks to do something about it. Notice the following: He gives justice to the oppressed, he gives food to the hungry, he frees the prisoners, he opens the eyes of the blind, he lifts up those who are weighed down, he protects the foreigners among us, he cares for the orphans and widows.
Throughout the week we will explore more fully what it means for us to join God in his two-fold mission of compassion for the world. Our Missionary speaker this past Sunday and his wife are engaged in a Missionary effort that wonderfully exemplifies this two-fold mission of compassion. There are some limitations for what can be shared because of the region where they minister and the dangerous forces behind the pain and suffering of those to whom they minister. We will be sharing prayer requests regarding them that you can pray for. Please scroll down to Sunday below throughout the week as we add them in.
Lord, I recognize that I can have this two-fold compassion for those who are my neighbors in the actual sphere of my own life. I ask that you develop this kind of compassion in me more fully throughout the week. Lord, I recognize that the world is my neighbor as well and that partnering with others is the key to being involved with your two-fold mission of compassion in places where I cannot go. Lord, I ask for your clear leading in regard to increasing my participation by partnering with others like our missionaries from them past Sunday. Amen!
Posted on Mon, November 16, 2015
by Alan Porter