Be a Missionary
“Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.” Joshua 2:12-13
In 2015, according to the World Christian Database, there were 400,000 foreign missionaries in the world. These are people who believed that God had called them to another country to spread His good news and left their homes to follow that call.
Joshua had sent two spies into the city of Jericho. They were there to scout out the city and its defenses prior to the assault by the Jews. They stayed in the house of a prostitute named Rahab. Rahab knew who they were and feared their God. Before helping them escape, she demanded that she be kept safe when the Israelis attacked. They agreed. After the attack Rahab and all her family were protected.
The men weren’t sent out as missionaries. They came for a different purpose, but they came in the Name of the LORD. They were His ambassadors. By representing the Lord, they were witnesses to Him and to His power. Because of their witness, Rahab and her family were saved.
You don’t have to be specially called and sent out as a missionary. When you go out in the power of the Lord, you can be a witness to Him. You can be a missionary without being a missionary! The goal is to tell the world the power and work of Jesus.
By the way, Rahab the prostitute is an ancestor of David, who is an ancestor of Jesus! You never know who you are talking to. Be a missionary!
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Prepare for the day
Colossians 3:12 (NLT)
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
In 2018 Barbie by Mattel generated about 1.09 billion U.S. dollars in sales. One of the allures of Barbie is that she takes on the persona of her outfits. Do you want a police officer Barbie? Flight attendant Barbie? President of the United States Barbie? You can have one. All you have to do is change her outfit!
Paul told the Colossians that, as holy people loved by God, they were supposed to “clothe themselves” in a certain manner. In the entire passage (Colossians 3:12-17) he lists several parts of their spiritual clothing that they were to put on. Tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience are the beginning. Forgiveness, love, peace and thankfulness are also part of the outfit.
Believers can consciously do this each day. If might help to think of each one as a separate piece of clothing.
Do this as an exercise and see how often you remember that you are wearing the attributes that God desires. With Barbie it is all pretend, but the followers of God have the Holy Spirit to guide us and remind us how we are to live.
God Knows our Troubles
“Don’t call me Naomi,” she responded. “Instead, call me Mara, for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me.”
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there were an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts in 2017 in the United States. Clearly, these people believed they had nothing left to live for and decided to terminate their lives. They had reached the end of their rope.
In the first chapter of Ruth, Naomi moves with her husband and two sons to Moab. Her sons marry Moabite women. Then her husband and two sons die and she makes plans to move back home. Ruth, who was married to one of her sons, decides to come with her. As Naomi arrives in town and reacquaints herself with her relatives, she changes her name to Mara, which means bitter. She doesn’t believe that there is anything left for her.
The irony is that God’s provision for her life and happiness is standing right beside her the entire time. It is through Ruth that God is going to bless her and give her joy and hope for the future. Because of Ruth, Naomi’s relatives at the end are remarking on how she has recovered what she had lost.
Don’t give up. Don’t be discouraged. God knows and understands all that you are going through. The next time you complain about your life, try to realize that God’s provision for you might be standing next to you the whole time.