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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Support for the Journey"

December 13, 2003

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Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country. Luke 1:39

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

As part of her mission as the mother of Jesus, Mary went to the hill country to spend some time with Elizabeth. They were encouraged in their unique roles in God’s mission plan for the world.

THE JOURNEY—DAY 14
Bill visited Pastor Greer on Saturday morning. Pastor Greer told him, “The mission of our Lord is not the task of only one person. It is the function of the whole the body of Christ—His Church. It is our Lord’s will that the gifts of each of us be used together for fulfilling His mission.”

He offered Bill advice. Among the things Bill remembered were to rely upon the Holy Spirit in his witness, that God’s unconditional love was a model for Bill in his friendship with Chuck, and that Bill’s role was to take Chuck to “see Jesus”—Jesus would do the rest.

He said, “Bill, you cannot be Chuck’s savior. Jesus is the only Savior of the world. However, you can ‘show’ him Jesus by living a life that reflects Christ’s love, by being a sincere Christian friend, and as opportunities arise, by telling him more about what Jesus has fulfilled in your life and what he has already done for Chuck. That is the gift—that God sent His Son to save the world—to save Chuck. Bill, you can always count on me and the other church members to support you, too.”

Bill was truly encouraged. It was helpful to share the journey.

REALITY JOURNEY
Do you have someone supporting you in your witness and mission for Jesus? The other person, or persons, can be in prayer, help discuss situations, and provide spiritual counsel and direction. Rely upon your Lord and His Church.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for God to provide for you Christian support people in your witness and mission.

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 74-76    Revelation 5

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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