Love Your Neighbor - A 30-Day Devotional Journey

DAY 21

ON MISSION FOR JESUS!

By Mike Bickley, Lead Pastor at Olathe Bible Church, Olathe, Kansas

Pray

Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.

Read

JOHN 20:21–22

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Reflect

I felt really important although I didn’t think what I was asked to do was significant. I just wanted others to find who I had found – Jesus. And I wanted them to find what I had found – a new way of living! The way Pastor Ken described the task, I believed I was the right man for the mission.

No, I wasn’t headed to the jungles of Africa. Pastor Ken had asked me, a new believer from a broken home who had just found Jesus, to help manage crowd control for the junior high ministry at church. I was being sent to a group of kids who looked happy and wealthy and well put together on the outside.

He told me that the task was important and a good fit for me. Why? Because he knew I had come from the same kind of home as did these kids. He knew I could see past the façade of perfection that was presented. I could see that their lives were not all good. He knew that I knew their struggles with abuse, drugs, loneliness, heartache, shame, guilt, anger, bitterness.

I had experienced the power of the gospel – the death, burial and resurrection of Christ – and all that came with it. And now I was God’s agent to do God’s work. I was being sent as Jesus had come to me. And in the next couple of months, I saw dozens of kids put their faith in Jesus. Watching God change them changed me.

You and I are not left here merely to enjoy life. No. Right now, we are on a mission. We are sent into the world to bring the hope and help of Jesus to the lost and broken and forgotten. As the Father had sent Jesus, now Jesus sends you and me!

Respond

Believe that God wants you to be his special agent to bring his light and hope to the very people and places you frequent. What mission can you undertake to lead someone to Jesus? It might seem insignificant, but with God’s help the impact can be greater than anything you imagine.

Closing Prayer

God, will you help me to embrace my calling, not just as a son of the King, but as an ambassador of the Kingdom? And God, I am looking to you to give me the right perspective so that I won’t use my time to get what I want, but to seek out opportunities to represent you.