Good morning, Lord Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit and set my heart ablaze with Your Fire. Let me be a torchbearer and Fire-carrier everywhere You send me today.  ... 

"I am not asking You to take them out of the world, but I ask You to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You have sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world" (John 17:15-18).

You never called us to huddle up and hide out. You never intended to tuck us away in some tower of tranquility.   You did not create our hands to ring church bells and enter into sanctuaries, but door bells and enter stranger’s homes. You sent us into the world, even knowing the challenges we'd face and the temptations we'd encounter and even the persecutions we'd endure (v. 14). Yes, a ship is safest resting in a harbor, but that is not what a ship was created for. Yes, we are safest and most comfortable resting on a church pew, but we weren’t created for that either.  I would much rather walk into a church sanctuary on Sunday morning that is empty because the congregation is truly spending the day out in their community seeking the lost, addicted, and orphaned.  And God would as well. 

Jesus, your prayer to the Father was “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” (v.18).   You send us into the world because you want us to become more like You, to imitate You and the “sentness” of Your heart.  You send us into the world because You love the world (v. 3:16). You're not willing that any should perish, but that all would have life in You. So You send us to be Your expression of Your love for them. Just as the Father sent the Son, so the Son sends us in the power and love of the Spirit of God living in us (v. 20:21-23).  You were a sent one, and You created us in your image to be sent ones as well.

"Here I am, Lord. Send me" (Isaiah 6:8). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

My family, I pray the truth of these Scriptures plant deeply in your heart.  I pray the Spirit of God fills your sails today, that you leave the comfort and safety of any harbor your are resting in, and Jesus sends you into the world to express the Father's heart of love for everyone you encounter. I pray this is the adventure you center your upcoming weekend around.  Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friends! 

 Please share your reflections and prayers with us on this blog in the comment box below.

 

Gary Liederbach- Lead Follower

One Direction Community

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