DAY 21 MISSIONARIES: HIS WITNESSES

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 1:8

Some of Jesus’s final words were these in Acts 1:8. While they were specifically addressed to the apostles, we know that this witnessing work is still going on today and will continue to go on until Christ’s return. And like the apostles, we have been gifted the Holy Spirit to empower us to do it.

So what are we to be witnesses of?

3 For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, - I Corinthians 15:3-4

9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. - Romans 10:9

The message is clear. Humans are sinners that need forgiveness and reconciliation with God. Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection provides it. We are invited to receive this gift by faith.

Know this: as God’s people, we have a powerful message to share. It’s not complicated, but it is profound. This message will do what God says it will do.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes… - Romans 1:16

Let’s spread the good news!

DAY 20 MISSIONARIES: THE FRAGRANCE OF CHRIST

'But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.' - 2 Corinthians 2:14

'Just Do It.'  Even the least athletically inclined amongst us are familiar with this phrase.  It's one of the most successful and enduring ad campaigns of the last 30 years.  The slogan evokes a spirit of confidence.  Is there anything you can't do while wearing a pair of Nike shoes?

The apostle Paul didn't have Nikes, but he could've used a boost in Troas.  He described the situation in 2 Corinthians 2.  Paul arrived in Troas and claimed that none other than Jesus himself arranged an opportunity for Paul to preach the gospel there.  Paul expected his friend Titus to be in Troas but Titus was no where to be found.  Paul was so disturbed by this that he apparently left Troas without preaching the gospel.

Paul then gives thanks to God in the letter (2 Corinthians 2:14).  It's a curious thing to do when he has just described himself passing up an opportunity from Jesus to preach the gospel.  Paul uses the metaphor of a Roman triumph here.

The Roman triumph was a ceremony that celebrated the success of a great military leader.  Paul is saying that Jesus has the won the victory.  Our confidence does not come from our own performance or history.  We are victorious in Christ.  He has conquered death!  When we are aware that our sufficiency is in Christ and not in our own strength we have the ability to 'just do it' without any fretting over our own worthiness.  You are a sweet fragrance in Christ and He desires to spread the knowledge of Him everywhere through you.  Pray that you would be fragrant today.

- Aaron Negron

DAY 19 MISSIONARIES: IT IS FINISHED

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst".  A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.  When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "it is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit - John 19:28-30

There is perhaps no more appropriate verse on which to reflect on Good Friday than the above.  It is finished.  It is remarkable how so few words can mean so very much.  The wrath of God against those covered by Jesus?  It is finished.  The unending feeble efforts of humanity to fix ourselves and make ourselves acceptable to God?  It is finished.  The curtain of the temple was torn in two, which signified the removal of the separation between God and His people.  It is finished.

When Jesus uttered those words and gave up his spirit, the doors to the kingdom were thrown open.  The distinction between Jew and Gentile was obliterated.  No longer did one have to depend on lineage or ritual to secure a place in God's people.  People from every nation are invited in.  Because of what Jesus accomplished on that cross, we know the end of the story.  Sin, death, and evil will ultimately be destroyed and we will spend eternity in perfect relationship with God.  Knowing what we are saved from, and what we have to look forward to, means wanting to see others share in that joy.  Praise God, it is finished.

- Tim Gillen

DAY 18 MISSIONARIES: DECLARE HIS PRAISES

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. - I Peter 2:9

Telling others about who Jesus is and what He has done for us is a normal activity for God’s people because when we experience the life-transforming grace of God we can’t help but talk about it. It’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. Our passion to make Jesus known to others is directly connected to our view of God and His rescuing work in our life. When we find ourselves struggling to think about others spiritual condition before God it reveals that we have possibly lost sight of our’s, both before and after God rescued us.

Peter under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit pens these words about our new identity (chosen, royalty, priests, holy, belonging to God) that leads to our new activity (declaring His praises a.k.a. the Gospel). He reminds us that we are a graciously favored people that now get to tell others about Him.

Do you know and believe who you are in Christ? Do you recognize who God is and what He has done for you? Let’s pray against Gospel amnesia that leads to apathy in sharing the Good News. Take time right now to review what God has done for you…how He has rescued you out of spiritual darkness and brought you into the light of His love.

DAY 17 MISSIONARIES: SEND ME

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!' - Isaiah 6:8

Isaiah 6 is an incredible chapter that demonstrates our gospel reality as God's sent children. Isaiah has a vision of being in the presence of the Lord. Isaiah is overwhelmed as his own uncleanness is contrasted with the glory of the Lord. Isaiah feels that death is the only thing he deserves.

The Lord, via an angel, declares Isaiah to be clean and that his sins are atoned for. This is solely the work of the Lord. Isaiah has contributed nothing. This produces an immediate response from Isaiah. We see it in verse 8: 'Here am I. Send me!' This is the reality for all children of God. We live as if the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is insufficient when we believe ourselves to be unworthy or incapable of living as God's sent people. True gospel transformation means that like Isaiah we don't think less of ourselves, but we don't think of ourselves at all.

You are sent if you are a child of God. Who are the people that you come in contact with in your daily life? Pray for them by name today. How will you proclaim the gospel to them? Pray that you would boldly proclaim the gospel to these people. Pray that you would do this as a response to God's incredible love for you and not as a feeble attempt to earn or validate what Jesus has already accomplished.

- Aaron Negron

DAY 16 MISSIONARIES: DISPLAY HOPE

"but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect."

- 1 Peter 3:15

As Danny Ocean, in the movie Ocean's Eleven, always remembered, we are always being watched.  While this is certainly true in a Las Vegas casino, it is also true in the daily routines of ordinary life.  Each one of us has friends, family, co-workers, classmates or neighbors that we intersect with on a routine basis.  They interact with us in big and small ways and observe how we conduct ourselves.  This verse tells us that as we are growing in understanding how loved and accepted we are in the gospel, there will be an observable difference to those who know us.  Perhaps you are more patient because you know that, secure in the love of Christ, you are freed from having to be productive to prove your worth.  Maybe you show kindness and generosity to those around you because you know you have been given far more than you deserve.  These simple acts of consistent obedience speak loudly in a world that is self obsessed and display a beauty that is compelling.  They stand out to those with eyes to see.

Once observed, it is natural for anyone to ask, "why?"  At this moment, we can choose any one of a number of paths.  Perhaps uncomfortable with the attention, we can deflect, minimize what they see, and move on.  Or maybe, like the Pharisee's, we want the acclaim and use it to feel good about our obedience and standing with God.  As natural as it can feel to respond in such a way, we are called to something else.  This verse says that we need to be able to give the reason for that hope that we've displayed.  This does not necessarily mean a full fledged gospel presentation, but it does mean being aware of what is going on in our heart on a deep level and a willingness to share it when asked.  If, for instance, you are maintaining hope in the midst of suffering because you know your present sufferings are nothing compared to the glories to come, then you can say that from a place of authenticity - not a programmed presentation, but honest, humble communication in relationship.  Whether we want to act like it or not, someone is watching.  Lets be prepared.

DAY 15 MISSIONARIES: LIVING SENT

“Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. Recollect that you are either trying to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus, and a totally silent tongue about him.” - Charles Spurgeon

“Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” - John 20:21-22

Every person who has become a child of God by grace through faith is sent in the power of the Holy Spirit to make new disciples. As a disciple of Jesus we are now commissioned by our King and Savior to tell others about Him through our actions and ultimately our words. This is not a program or a man-made methodology, it’s an overflow our relationship with God.

Pray today that we will live “sent” lives into the everyday places we find ourselves. Pray that God will embolden us to talk about Jesus with our waitress, neighbor, co-worker, coach, hair stylist, family member, friend, doctor, children, etc. because He is so good and He has given us this opportunity to make Him known.

DAY 14 DISCIPLES: WHAT DO YOU LOVE?

Do not love the world or things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world - the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life - is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. - 1 John 2:15-17

Stories are an essential part of the human experience. They help us understand ourselves and the world. There are many stories we tell about ourselves. This passage in 1 John tells us that these stories are rooted in one of two premises: the story is either about us or it's about God. We can discern which story we are rooted in by examining what we love. We know what we love by looking at what we pursue. Pleasure (desires of the flesh), possessions (desires of the eyes), and vain glory (pride of life) are three pursuits rooted in stories centered on man.

The passage describes something that I believe we've all experienced. We attain some measure of pleasure, possessions, or personal glory and yet we can sense the limitations of these experiences. The limitations birth a hint of disappointment. The vague presence of disappointment in the midst of personal triumph can be disorienting. Man craves eternity and the presence of limitations is counter to this desire. These experiences reveal the truth that this world and its desires are passing away. In these moments we are aware that we are created for an eternal story and not a temporary one.

What do you love? What are you pursuing? Are you living a story centered on you or are you resting in the truth that you were once an enemy and are now called a friend? Repent and abide in Him.

- Aaron Negron

DAY 13 DISCIPLES: I WILL WELCOME YOU

“For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you.” - 2 Corinthians 6:16b-17

The temple of God. Where God dwells in the hearts and lives of His people through Jesus Christ. Immanuel, God with us. The temple is a place dedicated to, and used only for, the worship and service of God; the living God who promised a special relationship to His people that they would be “My people” and to take special care of them . . . “I will be their God.”

Enjoying the wonderful blessings of God’s presence requires personal holiness (purity). He calls us to “come out and be separate” . . . because He cannot and will not associate with idols, with unrighteousness, with darkness, or with Satan (ref. 14-16a). He desires personal fellowship with us so He instructs us to “not touch what is unclean”. Psalm 24:3b-4 emphasizes this condition . . . “who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.”

I have good news! God has “rescued us from the domain of darkness . . . having made peace through the blood of His cross . . . in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach” (Col. 1:13, 20, 22). He met His demand for holiness through His own beloved Son, our Savior in order for His people (us!) to be able to come into personal fellowship with Him. Amazing grace!

How do we take advantage of the opportunity offered to us? Come out. Do not touch what is unclean. That means we have choices to make and action to take to separate ourselves from all that is displeasing to God. All of which is the result of self-centeredness and self-indulgence.

The response promised by the living God is “I will welcome you”.

- Tim Brown

DAY 12 DISCIPLES: FREE TO STRIVE

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. - Philippians 2:12-13

To truly follow Jesus, we must start from the foundation that God chose us first. We did not clean ourselves up, decide to try hard and do good works, and thus capture God's attention and favor. God is the author of our salvation and our transformation. This is good news! If God's love and acceptance of us depended in any way on our performance, we would be in a constant state of anxiety, always wondering if we were measuring up. God's love and acceptance of us - as shown on the cross - is complete, total, and final. Therefore, rather than be preoccupied with earning and maintaining our standing with God, we are freed to respond to this unchanging love with deep gratitude and adoration.

With our feet firmly planted on this foundation, take seriously the call to work out the significance of gospel in our lives. These truths are revealed to us by the Holy Spirit as we press into the depths of what we do and why. As we absorb the truth and reality of God's love and acceptance, we change. Rather than chase after the praise of your boss to give you significance, you start to realize that your significance is in God's acceptance of you, and you are free to work hard whether your boss praises you or not. Rather than inwardly grumble as an annoying acquaintance drones on and on, you can reflect on the fact that you, too, were hard to love, and yet Christ laid His life down for you, an enemy. As you savor that truth, you can pursue this acquaintance focused not on your own comfort but in striving after the example of Jesus. This process - empowered by the Spirit and worked out in close relationship with God's people over a lifetime - is how we grow and mature as a disciple.

- Tim Gillen

DAY 11 DISCIPLES: LEAVING COMFORT

“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” - Luke 11:27

“Follow Me.” These two words contained radical implications for the lives of the disciples. In a time when the sons of fishers were also fishers, these men would have grown up around the sea. Fishing was the source of their livelihood and all they’d ever known. It represented everything familiar and natural to them. That’s what Jesus was calling them away from.

By calling these men to leave their boats, Jesus was calling them to abandon their careers. When He called them to leave their nets, He was calling them to abandon their possessions. When He called them to leave their father in the boat by himself, He was calling them to abandon their family and friends. Ultimately, Jesus was calling them to abandon themselves.

The men were leaving certainty for uncertainty, safety for danger, and self-preservation for self-denunciation. Let’s put ourselves in the positions of these eager followers of Jesus in the first century. What if you were the one stepping out of the boat? What if you were the potential disciple being told to drop your nets? What if it were your father asking where you were going?

This is where we need to pause to consider whether we’re starting to redefine Christianity. We have to give up everything we have to follow Jesus. But slowly, subtly, we have reduced following Jesus to the idea of following Jesus.

We do this in all sorts of ways. We rationalize Jesus’ demanding teachings: “Of course, Jesus wasn’t actually telling you to abandon your family. And of course, He wasn’t really saying to leave everything behind to follow Him.” While it’s true that Jesus didn’t—and doesn’t—require everyone to leave their father and their occupation to follow Him, He does require absolute obedience and commitment. Rather than joyfully embracing His call, we have the self-serving tendency to water it down to be theoretical sacrifice and hypothetical abandonment. We want to follow a Jesus that doesn’t require anything of us.

In essence, we’ve redefined Christianity. We’ve given in to the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist Him into a version of Jesus we’re more comfortable with. It’s a Jesus who’s OK with our materialism, fine with nominal devotion that doesn’t require any sacrifice, and pleased with a brand of faith that requires attendance on Sunday but no real commitment in day-to-day life.

But I wonder if I could help you push through the haze of self-justification and ask a simple question as we study the words of Christ together: What if He was actually serious?

- David Platt

DAY 10 DISCIPLES: BELOVED

Song of Solomon 6:3 'I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies.'

The Song of Solomon gives us an incredible picture of God's will for intimacy, passion, and commitment within the marriage relationship.  Each lover is totally confident and satisfied in the presence of one another.  May all of our marriages continue to mature in this way! 

We also know that marriage is one of the key illustrations given to us to understand Christ and the Church.  The Church is called the Bride of Christ.  The woman in Song of Solomon approaches her husband with total confidence.  She knows she is his beloved.  We are Christ's beloved! 

When we grow in our recognition that we are not His beloved because of our own performance, but because He has chosen us as His beloved and demonstrated this on the cross, obedience becomes a great joy and the weight of moral performance is shed.  Pray that we would find deep satisfaction and confidence in being Christ's beloved.

-Aaron Negron

DAY 9 DISCIPLES: POOR IN SPIRIT

"Our woes began when God was forced out of His central shrine and "things" were allowed to enter. Within the human heart "things" have taken over. Men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is crowned there no longer, but there in the moral dusk stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among themselves for first place on the throne.

This is not a mere metaphor, but an accurate analysis of our real spiritual trouble. There is within the human heart a tough fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always to possess. It covets "things" with a deep and fierce passion. The pronouns "my" and "mine" look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant. They express the real nature of the old Adamic man better than a thousand volumes of theology could do. They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease. The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one rootlet lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God's gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.

Our Lord referred to this tyranny of things when He said to His disciples, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it."

Breaking this truth into fragments for our better understanding, it would seem that there is within each of us an enemy which we tolerate at our peril. Jesus called it "life" and "self," or as we would say, the selflife. Its chief characteristic is its possessiveness: the words "gain" and "profit" suggest this. To allow this enemy to live is in the end to lose everything. To repudiate it and give up all for Christ's sake is to lose nothing at last, but to preserve everything unto life eternal. And possibly also a hint is given here as to the only effective way to destroy this foe: it is by the Cross. "Let him take up his cross and follow me."

The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things. The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. These are the "poor in spirit." They have reached an inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common beggar in the streets of Jerusalem; that is what the word "poor" as Christ used it actually means. These blessed poor are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things. They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering. Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things. "Theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

- A.W. Tozer

DAY 8 DISCIPLES: WE ARE FORGIVEN

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven -- for she loved much.  But he who is forgiven little, loves little. - Luke 7:47

Having concluded a week of prayer and contemplation at what it means for the church to be family, we now turn our attention to what it means to be a disciple - a follower of Jesus.  We follow what we love.  To be a follower of Jesus means to love Jesus.  How do we grow in our love for Jesus?  We may think it comes from being extra diligent with our spiritual disciplines or trying our hardest to live out the commands given by Jesus.  In this verse, Jesus points at something else entirely.  We love Jesus more when we realize the depths of our sin and brokenness.  In this passage, Jesus contrasts the behavior of a woman known by all as a sinner and a Pharisee who was in good social standing.  The sinful woman washed Jesus' feet with her tears while the Pharisee showed no love or hospitality to Jesus and was preoccupied with judging Jesus' willingness to let the sinful woman touch him.  The sinful woman knew how broken she was, and as a result she was deeply grateful for the love, forgiveness, and acceptance offered by Jesus.  The Pharisee, on the other hand, did not see his brokenness and did not feel his need for a savior, and as a result was cold and indifferent to Jesus.

Each of us is deeply broken and in desperate need of rescuing.  When we take the time to truly examine our hearts and see sin in even our best efforts - each and every day - then, and only then, are we able to taste the sweetness of knowing how much we are forgiven.  That knowledge fills us with love and gratitude and enables us to love and follow Jesus.  When we feel dry or distant from Jesus, chances are that we've lost touch our brokenness and have moved into a casual view of the depth of our sin.  We cannot be a growing disciple of Jesus unless we have a growing love of Jesus, and we grow in our love of Jesus as we grow in our gratitude for how much we have been forgiven.

- Tim Gillen

DAY 7 FAMILY: BEING TOGETHER

From the beginning of the Church, being together often was the norm. Acts 2:46 states, “Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house.” It’s not so much about where they met, but that they were “devoted” to being together to worship God, to learn His Word, to celebrate His love, to serve one another, and to be equipped for the mission. It doesn’t appear from the text that they viewed meeting together as a duty or optional. How is this possible? Surely they woke up some days and said to themselves, “I really don’t feel like going to “church” today.” This scripture is a brief description, and because they were just people, they had to have dealt with struggles to press into community because of tiredness, relational challenges, and simply a desire to do something else. However, their devotion to one another overflowed from God’s devotion to them. The result? Beautiful, transformational community where the Lord added daily to the number of those who were being saved! Maybe you’re struggling this morning. Let’s gather today expecting God to move among us. Let’s talk to God and push into what He has for us. And not just on Sundays, but every single day living in close community as God’s family.

DAY 6 FAMILY: PRIESTS

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,  a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9

To be a priest in Israelite culture was a rare privilege. Firstly- you had to be a member of the tribe of Levi, and even then, you had to be a direct male descendent of Moses’ brother Aaron. Only these men had the privilege of offering sacrifices before God, and the high priest only allowed to enter God’s presence in the tabernacle once a year. 

However, in Christ, every man, woman, and child in whom dwells God’s Holy Spirit is a priest, a witness, made holy by Jesus’ blood. We have the privilege in Christ of having  “confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19)

Your calling in Jesus is not to be just a tither, or an attender, or anything less than a priest of the Most High God. Praise God for his undeserved grace and calling!

- Alex Howard

DAY 5 FAMILY: ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

We have examined the truth that in Christ we are adopted into the family of God. We have been brought into a body with a purpose that is much bigger than ourselves. God is filling the Earth with his presence through his people. This means that participation in the church is not optional.

So what does it look like to participate in the church? We are often stirred by grand gestures, but small, everyday acts can feel unimportant or even unsatisfying. Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us that small, everyday things matter! 'And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.' We are in a story that is much bigger than our own, God's story. Being together regularly and encouraging one another are essential ingredients to being God's people. Pray and consider your church family. Who is someone you have seen grow and mature at Point? Go tell them. Pray with them and consider how you can respond together to God's love with love and good works. This is being the church and it matters.

- Aaron Negron

DAY 4 FAMILY: WE NEED EACH OTHER

One of the hardest, but most beautiful, parts of being a family is that the members of our family are so different. If you think of your biological family, there are sure to be many differences between the family members. Things like age, personality, interests, talents differentiate each one of us in a family. Yet the family is made stronger because of these differences, as each of us contributes in our own way. So it is with God's family in the local church. In fact, this bond is so strong that Paul uses the human body as an example to drive this point home when he writes in 1 Corinthians 12:21, "the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you,", nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you".

It's a funny thought, but imagine the eye and the hand getting into an argument because the eye thinks the sense of sight is best and the hand thinks the sense of touch is best, and the two of them refusing to work together? It is absurd! Which, of course, is what Paul is getting at in using this comparison. Diverse body parts come together to form one body, and the diversity of many parts is the strength of a unified body. As we pray today, let’s thank God for His design in joining us together, and the richness and freedom found in being different together to the glory of God. Let’s also ask the Spirit to search our hearts and repent of ways we may not connected to the body as God intended, and/or ways we are more focused on our differences than our unity as one body composed of many parts.

-Tim Gillen

DAY 3 FAMILY: SAVED INTO FAMILY

Our salvation and relationship with God is personal but not private. We are not saved individually and then choose to join the church as if it were a social club or support group for believers. Becoming a Christ-follower means I now belong to God and I belong to my brothers and sisters, the Church. Titus 2:14 says, “He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.” Do you see it? It says “a people.” Throughout Scripture we see that God’s plan has always been to rescue a people for Himself who would reflect Him on the earth. This is the Church, His body, Christ’s bride, God’s family. Let’s pray for our family today. We desperately need God’s help to effectively represent Him in the world…together.

DAY 2 FAMILY: ADOPTED

Adoption is a thing of beauty and is a primary description of salvation in Scripture. Those who believe on Jesus are adopted into God’s forever family, and immeasurable blessings come with this undeserved position. Galatians 4:4-7 states, “…God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father! ” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Only God’s children have the privilege of crying out “Daddy” to the Creator of the Universe. Only God’s children can relate with the Sovereign God as a Father and not as a task master. Only God’s children will inherit eternal life with Him because Jesus’ sacrifice purchased it through the Cross. We are no longer slaves to religion or rebellion, but sons and daughters of the one true God. So when we pray, it’s personal and powerful. We can cry out to our all-powerful, all-present, all-knowing Daddy. Take time to do that right now. He invites it.