Day 1: Uncontainable, Unstoppable
Job 42:2; Isaiah 9:7, 55:11; Philippians 1:6
Who is God? And what is God like? These short verses reveal that God is a determined God. God is a highly intentional God. God is wholly (as well as holy) focused on accomplishing his purposes.
In each of the passages, look for the strong words that describe God’s character/nature. The following questions may seem trite, but they are not. They are rhetorical. They are designed to remind you of the obvious. God is God. God will always act like God.
How serious and how committed is God to his plans and purposes?
How much power and how many resources does God have available to do what he sets out to do?
Extra Special Bonus Passage: Read Romans 8:28-39. Enjoy this passage, but be sure to look for the answer to this question: What is able to stop God’s purposes and plans?
- What conclusions should you come to if it ever turns out that you are an obstacle to the purposes and plans of God?
- Do you want to be a partner with God about his plans and purposes or do you want to be an obstacle that gets in God’s way? (I told you these were rhetorical questions!)
Day 2: The Business God Is In
John 3:16-17; 34-35; 4:34; 5:23-24, 30; 6:38-39; 8:29, 42; 17:3, 18; 20:21
This devotional begins with you looking at 15 verses (only a small number of the total verses) where Jesus talks about being sent by God. Be sure to notice every time the word send or sent is used. Underline or highlight these words in your Bible each time you find them.
Don’t let the word business throw you off. Here is why it is a good word. Calling, vocation, purpose, work, mission, passion, focus – these words have a great deal of overlap in meaning. They are your reason for being. They combine who you are and what you do. They are why you exist and why you are here.
Why does God exist? Why is God here? Wow! Talk about theologically perplexing, crazy hard, wonderfully thrilling questions to consider. Theologians have a description of God that I simply love. And they use a word that I love.
The Missional God!
The Missional God. It is who God is and it is what God does. Mission is the vocation of God. Mission is the purpose of God. Mission is the passionate heart of God. Mission is the business God is in. Mission and missional come from two Latin words:
Mitto – which means to send
Missio – which means sending
God the Father is in the sending business. God sent the Son, which means Jesus was a missionary (one who is sent). Jesus will send us the Spirit, which means the Spirit is a missionary Spirit. And Father, Son, and Spirit will together send the people of God into the world.
- What business is God in?
- What business is the church in?
- What business are you in?
Day 3: God's Motive for Mission
John 3:16-17; 1 John 3:1, 4:9-10; Romans 5:1-11
The heart of God! That is what motivates God to do what God does. His heart! His heart of love. His heart of compassion, mercy, kindness, generosity, and tenderness.
If there was just one word that describes God’s heart (and there probably isn’t, but IF there was) it is the word LOVE. God does what he does out of love. God does everything with love and in love.
God created the world out of love. God redeems (restores and renews) the world out of love. God sent Jesus out of love. Jesus went to the cross out of love. Jesus died for enemies out of love. The Father watched his Son die out of love.
Because God loves, God saves; rescues; forgives; reconciles; heals; helps; serves; delivers; empowers; transforms; gives fresh starts, second chances, and new beginnings; and then God does it all again tomorrow!
God’s motive for mission is love. God’s way of mission is love. God’s intended missional outcome is love.
That you and I would love God with all our heart. That you and I would love one another. And that you and I would love the world God loves.
Which means we will do all those powerful, inspiring, daunting, life-changing, world-altering verbs described above.
- Do you love what God loves?
The best way to answer that question is to read the following verses: 1 John 3:16-18, 4:7-21. You could read the entire letter of 1 John, but be sure to read these verses.
- Once more: Do you love what God loves?
Day 4: God's Business in Panoramic Color
Today you will take a sweeping tour through the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. Don’t worry, you can easily read and think about all these verses in 15 minutes. But if you desire, you can think about them (2 Timothy 2:7), meditate on them (Psalm 119:97-104), and pray through them for hours. If you want to use two days for these verses that is fine.
These passages are short. They walk you through the story of God, and therefore, our story. It is a story of Creation, Fall into Sin, Redemption, and finally, the Renewal of All Things.
These are linchpin passages. They are hinge (turning point) passages. Being familiar with them will be of great help and comfort to frame your life as a disciple of Jesus.
As you read each passage, simply notice what God has done, what God is like, and what God desires to accomplish.
Genesis 1:28-29 Our creational purpose, what we were designed to do.
Genesis 3:16-19 How sin ruined everything.
Genesis 12:1-3; 18:17-19 God’s plan to redeem the world through a specific person.
Exodus 19:1-11 Israel is the people of God, on a mission for God.
Isaiah 56:3, 6-8 The nations are to be blessed through Israel.
Jonah 3:6-4:4, 10-11 God loves the nations, but do his people love the nations?
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8 The church goes to the nations with the good news.
Revelation 7:9-10; 21:1-5, 22-27 It is finished, the nations have been restored. The garden has become an eternal city.
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