Devotional for Tuesday January 12th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
Our Bible verse for today: “For when David had served God’s purposes in his own generation, he fell asleep …” Acts 13:36 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “On a mission from God”
One of my favorite movies from the 1980s was the comedy “The Blues Brothers”. It starred John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd and was about two hapless brothers, Jake and Elwood Blues. After being released from prison, Jake reunites with his little brother Elwood. Soon afterwards they learn that the Catholic orphanage where they were raised was in danger of being shut down because it owed $5000 in back taxes. So, Jake and Elwood decide they’re going to get their old band back together, “The Blues Brothers”, and they were going to raise the money by playing gigs in bars. Their much-repeated reason for doing so was “We’re on a mission from God”.
It was a funny movie but one which actually highlights an important characteristic that is almost always true of resilient Christians – they’re on a mission from God. Resilient Christians have direction and purpose in life. They know who they are, what they’re doing, and why they’re doing it. A resilient Christian has a reason for living and they know they’re needed by others.
Having a worthy cause to be involved in is essential in all seasons of life. In Acts 13:36 we read about King David and how his life was characterized by purpose and direction. He was on a mission from God and he knew it. That sense of purpose and direction filled his days until his dying day, and it kept him going. It wasn’t until that purpose was fully fulfilled that God called him home to heaven.
We all need a reason for living that gets us out of bed in the morning and keeps us moving through life with eagerness and enthusiasm. It could be a call to vocational ministry; or it could be a career that you love and which is fulfilling and rewarding; or your purpose can be raising your children or being active in the lives of your grandchildren. It can be your ministry at church, or your involvement in civic organizations. The nature of the purpose will vary widely from individual to individual but the truth is still the same – we need to be needed. We need challenges in life and worthy causes to be involved in. It’s good for us.
A key to being a resilient Christian is to have a sense of direction and purpose. If you don’t already have your own “mission from God”, I encourage you to get one. Regardless of the season of life you’re in there are always many ways to be active and involved, making a difference for the cause of Christ and for the good of others.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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2 thoughts on “Devotional for Tuesday January 12th

  1. Pastor Jim,
    Consider a church workshop on how to identify and engage in a personal mission for God. Since moving to Crossville, I’ve been challenged to find “my new mission.”

    Best Regards,
    Jim Goodrich

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