Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” — Philippians 2:3-7
“Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” — John 13:1b
“We love because he first loved us.” — 1 John 4:19
“For Christ’s love compels us … that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” — 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Take time to read those verses again … slowly. Let them wash over you … soak into you. Invite the Spirit to speak deeply as you consider:
LOVE is the heart of Jesus. It’s WHO He is. It’s WHAT He does. It’s HOW we’re compelled to “change our world” as our Friends’ mission statement reminds us.
As Missions Pastor, I have the blessing of watching people being compelled by Christ’s love to touch the lives of others. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, not only does God use them to make a difference for His Kingdom, but their own lives are changed as they serve others. Here are just a few stories of lives I’ve seen changed through serving.
I watched one of our volunteers step up to serve in our Alpha course, allowing God to remove all her fears and launch that program on the Cal State Fullerton campus. She has been involved for several years now and helps lead our Yorba Linda Alpha course.
Boxes of Love:
We have another volunteer who has been heavily involved in leading this campaign for the past 5 years. As God continues to grow her heart, she is now part of the Eastvale core team who is preparing to launch our new campus.
We have a young man who currently serves with our homeless street teams that started out as one of the people we served. Our team shared the Gospel with him and encouraged him to come join us at church. He began showing up at church, served with our homeless teams, joined a life group and has given his life to Christ. His life has been transformed through love. He now has a job and is in a healthy living situation.
These are just a few of the many stories that have changed lives as they’ve partnered with us in serving others through our Missions initiatives. I’m excited to watch as the Holy Spirit changes your life and I look forward to serving by your side.
Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.
Every day you'll have an opportunity to "go deeper" into God's Word by practicing the REAP study method. Read the following scripture and use your journal and the REAP method to unpack the following scripture and apply it to your life.