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{February 16, 2020}






Heartland Community Church


THE JOURNEY

 

On Mission

By Christina Marie Mitchell

One of my favorite gifts that God bestowed on me is the gift of helping. Everything I’ve ever been interested in, from my career to my hobbies, has always had the core intention of being a servant to others. Being able to do for others is something that brings me joy, but it’s what continues to bring me closer to Jesus.

Being able to experience the existence of God in others, through service, through community, is such a powerful manifestation of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. I serve because it’s a physical demonstration of my faith. Of my love for Jesus, and my love of relationship with others.

About a month ago, I was in a job interview — one of the questions I had to answer was, “What do you see yourself doing in 10-15 years?” I don’t like that question, simply because I truly have NO clue what I’ll be doing next month, let’s not even think about 10 years from now. But…having been asked this question multiple times throughout my professional life, I’ve pretty much perfected my answer. “I don’t know what I want to do in 10-15 years, but I know that I always want to be of service. I always wish to help. I always wish to leave a person or a place better than when I first encountered them.” That’s my heart, that’s my soul, and that’s how I hear and speak to God. It’s how I live out my faith.

It’s interesting because as I reread Luke 10:3-4, I see how God places this command, this calling on my heart…and slowly revealed its application to my life. I’ve always been one of those people who will stare at the Bible, read a passage and have no idea what I just read. I have never been a ‘read first, comprehend later’ kind of person. I’ve always had my best revelations of faith, my best conversations with God, my best Jesus moments when I was simply doing. Whether it was for my family, my friends, or my community. So, Luke 10:3-4 didn’t really mean much to me until recently, because I’ve come to experience the Bible in a way I never could have 10 years ago.

“Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road.” (Luke 10:3-4). These two verses are what I’ve been doing for probably the past three or four years…unknowingly. I’ve been coming to HCC for almost 10 years, and while being a part of this church family is one of the greatest blessings of my life…God showed me what I could do beyond these walls. In my workplace, through my connections with people over social media, on my random road trips that I like to take, at the conventions I frequent. That is what being “on mission” means to me. I have NO idea what I’m going to experience each time I drive to a random city or each time I say yes to a new job that I’m not qualified for on paper, but am fully qualified for through experience. I will never be able to randomly spout a verse from the Bible that is applicable to someone’s situation, which used to make me think that I was a failing Christian. But clearly…the devil likes to be pretty loud sometimes, and he clogged my spiritual ears for a bit.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that my church home will always have and provide me with the tools & resources — but the action, the mission, the community…it goes beyond these walls. Miracles can and typically do happen beyond these walls. I may not volunteer in the traditional sense, as I just have never felt connected to serving in that way. My every day, mundane, ‘go to work then come home’ life…is me on mission. It’s instinctual for me to walk into a room and immediatly seek out how I can serve. Does anyone need anything? How can I help? And I just believe God wired me that way intentionally. Instead of seeking to do grand or expressive gestures, I’ve simply learned to just let Him work through me how He needs.

I’ve done things in the name of Jesus that I’ve never in my life thought I would do, because I never knew that I had the capability. But that’s when God stepped in. He has shown me that I don’t need “a moneybag, a knapsack, or sandals” to live in faith. To be on mission. And that is such an encouragement, and it’s incredibly freeing. All I truly want is to help. However He calls me to do so. Whether on the front lines or in the back office — I just wish for my life to be used in faithful service of Him. From ordering the office supplies that someone may use to fill out their job application, to smiling at a new employee in the office, to make sure that they feel welcomed. I see every means of bringing the presence of Jesus to someone — no matter how small or basic it may seem…every one of the tiny actions is still living on mission. Because I wholly believe that Jesus would do these things as well.

 

{sunday 2.16.20}

Read Luke 10:2-4

Observe, Reflect, Apply:  What does living life on mission mean for you? How do your gifts aid you in being on mission with Jesus?

 

{bible reading plan: the story of jesus from luke}

By Marnie Vasquez

FIRST TIMEJUMPING IN? If you are just joining us for the first time, our journey through Luke began on December 30. CLICK HERE and find the previous readings in Luke beginning with our December 29 edition.

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{monday 2.17.20}

Read Luke 10:25-42

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “You First, then Me.” That was the title to a previous personal journal. It was my sobering rally cry to THINK and ACT with Jesus First versus placing Him in the backseat. It hasn’t been easy; it’s taken lots of practice. I’m not sure I’ve nailed it yet.

What does placing Jesus first look like for me? 1) Little prayers to Him throughout the day, 2) reading the Bible each day, 3) listening to Christian music, 4) asking Him to guide me at meetings and leading others, 5) letting my mind wander and think about the crazy stories I read in the Bible instead of dreaming about seeking revenge on a situation, 6) looking for ways to strengthen and encourage others, and 7) constantly looking for what Jesus is up to in every situation.

In today’s verses, Jesus encourages us to be like the Samaritan and Mary. Can you imagine what their lives were like putting Jesus first? Do you feel encouraged to do the same?

 

{tuesday 2.18.20}

Read Luke 11:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: My teenager complains and grumbles about God. He says God never answers his prayers, doesn’t give him what he asks for. My son challenges me frequently that God doesn’t exist, He’s not real, and if God really wanted my son to believe, God would immediately answer his prayers. For a while these were tense conversations. How do I answer my son? How do I make him believe? And then, I remembered today’s verses; it’s now my go-to. How many times, dear son, do you beg me for this thing or that? And even though I say no, you continue to pester me? If you really want God to answer your prayers, you gotta be relentless in your asking, and see what happens. Good reminder for all of us to keep on believing in God and keep on asking.

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."

–Luke 11:9-10

 

{wednesday 2.19.20}

Read Luke 11:14-28

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Stand. Stand tall. Stand firm. Stand. Whatever struggles you face, whatever struggles you endure, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are wrapped around you protecting you from ever truly falling. Keep standing. And you will see your hope, your confidence, your strength grow. Take a look at what can happen when standing and believing in Jesus in today’s scripture reading. Record your prayer or takeway somewhere…how will you stand in light of these stories?

 

{thursday 2.20.20}

Read Luke 11:29-36

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I used to listen to pop, country, rock, heavy metal, whatever was interesting on the way into work. 20 solid minutes of bad relationship breakups, bad hang over woes, idolized love songs, and more. Good music. Some of the best ever. I started realizing I was feeding my morning mood and thoughts based from the lyrics and stories in those songs. I questioned if I was really letting Jesus shine His light in my life. Clearly, He was on Sundays, but what about during my day to day? Not so much. I decided to change those 20 minutes into listening to Seth Davidson’s YouTube daily Journey videos. One little step to feed me Jesus’ light. Are you ready for more light in your daily life? What is one change you can make in your morning routine to let light in?

 

{friday 2.21.20}

Read Luke 11:37-54

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Being disciplined by Jesus isn’t fun. Especially as an adult. It’s humbling, embarrassing, and sometimes some anger and crying goes along with it. However, I’ll take all the discipline Jesus gives me to avoid ever being a Pharisee. Why? Unlike Pharisees, I believe in Jesus, and I know how incredibly much He loves me and is being like a good, good parent trying to straighten out the crooked things in me to make my life better. Better! Pharisees don’t get this, don’t understand this, and instead constantly stir up problems, issues, and cause confusion. Pharisees will be utterly ruined, will crumble, and we won’t see them in Heaven. Pharisees exist today like they did back then. I choose to stand with Jesus and get disciplined. How about you?

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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