January 17, Friday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by Cami King, was originally posted on April 1, 2014.  Cami now serves as a staff at Remnant Church in Manhattan.

 

Devotional Thoughts for This Morning

“Are You Sent by God?”

Galatians 1:1-2 

Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia.

One of my favorite parts of Paul’s letters is always the greeting. Unlike the salutations we are used to seeing when we receive a letter, or more likely an email, Paul’s opening lines pack a pretty big theological punch and often set the tone for what is to come in the rest of the letter. They are usually strategic.

In this letter to the church in Galatia, Paul introduces himself as an apostle. We may take this title for granted because we know all about the apostles… those big wigs in the New Testament who wrote the Bible and started churches, right? Well, apostle means “one who is sent,” and here Paul’s primary identification is that of one who is on a mission (sent by someone to accomplish something). 

Not only this, but Paul takes time to explain the source of his calling: Jesus Christ. More importantly, he is clear about what the source of his mission is not. It’s not from men – from himself, his parents, his peers, society. It’s not from human agency – his skill sets, a chance job opening, popularity or favor. He realizes that he is where he is and does what he does because of the sovereign will of God – because God has Kingdom work for him to do there. 

What about you? We are all on mission with God, to make disciples and share the love of Christ. We are where we are and do what we do because God has Kingdom work for us to do there.  How is God calling you to be on mission with Him today? Though we are obviously not called to be an apostle as Paul was, we are all on mission. So let’s get going!

Prayer: Sovereign God, help me to remember that I am where I am and that I do what I do because of Your sovereign plan. Open my eyes to see what You’re up to. Help me to partner with You in the Kingdom work You have for me to do today. In Jesus’ name, amen.  

Bible Reading for Today: John 17


Lunch Break Study

Read Ephesians 2:1-10: And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Questions to Consider

  1. What do we learn about our lives apart from Christ?
  2. What motivated God to intervene in our broken situation? 
  3. What do we learn from verse 10 about our lives in Christ?

Notes

  1. We follow the way of the world and even the way of Satan, indulging in the desires of our body and minds. Although we think we’re living, we’re really “dead” in our lives of sin.  
  2. God was motivated by his own nature – being full of grace and mercy – along with his immense love for each of us. 
  3. In Christ, we are made new by God (his “workmanship”) and given good works to do for His Kingdom. 

Evening Reflection

I listened to a sermon recently where the pastor asked, “What have you done this week that will last for eternity?” How did you partner with God in his Kingdom work today? Is your primary identification as one who is on mission with Christ? Pray and ask God to help you orient your life in this way.

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