Hear the heart of our Summit Kids director, Katie Dorband, as she shares today’s beautiful morning devotion at 21 Days of Prayer.
During a sermon on 1 Peter 2:7, Charles Spurgeon made the statement, “Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor.”
A disciple of Christ is a life on mission, one that I believe is marked deeply by prayer for the people God has sent them to. Our states, our cities, our neighborhoods desperately need JESUS!
I heard John Maxwell speak at a conference I was at recently and he said, “Oh that we would love souls as much as the business world loves money.” God has placed you at this time, in your community, in your place of work and in your family so that people who are far from him may KNOW HIM! We must as 1 Peter 3 says, “And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” We can’t just invite people to church (and we should), we must also BE the church in our communities.
John Maxwell has a burning passion for lost people and spends most of his free time ministering to those who are FAR from God. Here is what he said about reaching our cities:
- We must intentionally add value to lost people. Ask God to show you how you can serve the people in your community for the sake of displaying Christ’s love for them.
- Be intentional to include everyone. There are times where we pre-determine who is a good candidate to know God. We need to connect with the people around us- even the ones we don’t like and let the Holy Spirit work through us.
- Know who we are in Christ. We should not be like the world, but we should love the world.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
19 Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. 20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. 21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law,[a] I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.
22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.
We are to be light in a dark world where people are searching for God. Romans 10:14 tells us, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”
Praying for the mission of God in our cities is one of the beautiful ways we join God bringing light to the dark places around us. Let us be people who are marked not just by lives on mission in the everyday, but people who pray every day and with sincerity on behalf our cities.