Mission Submission

MONDAY: Mission Submission – Ephesians 5:21

The Apostle Paul states a powerful relationship principle as his lead-in to guidelines for a harmonious marriage in Ephesians 5. But he doesn’t just offer it as a good, but optional idea. He gives it as a command for all who follow Jesus. And that command is to make personal submission to the good of others the cornerstone of all relationships. That practice of biblical submission requires that we willingly release our rights, give our personal desires and goals a backseat, make our needs secondary, and seek the blessing and benefit of others first. That’s a tall order! We are by nature self-centered and seek our own self-interest ahead of that of those with whom we are in relationship. So, submission must become an intentional relational mission if we are to serve others and impact them in a transformative way. It is the key to marriage as intended by God, but humanly impossible to execute. Make submission your marriage mission and experience God’s presence at work in that most sacred of all relationships.


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God’s Big Picture

Our view of circumstances is narrow and limited. We are like earthbound ants that know only an infinitesimal speck of the world. In the heart and by the hand of God, something much greater is happening that is beyond our circumstantial sight. When we choose to trust in and follow Jesus, even our problems and pain become a powerful tool for God’s glory. The apostle Paul recognized that all His pain and the myriad hardships he endured were being used to bring eternal benefit to multitudes of people. God’s grace was overflowing into lives all over the known world and more and more people were coming to embrace Jesus as Savior and Lord. The picture was bigger than he ever could have dreamed. So is the one God is painting your life into. Don’t let your hurts, hardships, and heartaches limit your vision. In surrendered trust, open the eyes of your heart to see God’s big picture. Eternity will reveal the amazing purpose for which God used your pain.


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Come Boldly

It is one of the great invitations found in scripture. It is our invitation as flawed and frail human beings to come into God’s very presence. Through Jesus, the throne room door has been opened wide and we are welcomed to enter. We need not come fearfully or timidly. Instead, boldness is declared to be the proper approach. So, come boldly, for Jesus has cleansed your sin and cleared the way. Come boldly, for you enter the presence of a God full of grace. God waits for you to come. Whatever your need, He is ready to hear and respond. Come boldly! Come now!


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Soul Anchor

Anchors keep boats from drifting, rock climbers from falling, and wall-hangings from crashing down. They are important tools. The writer of Hebrews identifies an essential anchor for life—hope. He calls it a “sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.” (MEV) As we navigate life’s ever-changing sea, we need stability of soul to keep us from drifting in calm waters or capsizing when storms strike. Our eternal hope in Jesus is that anchor. So, anchor your soul to the eternal promise that we receive through relationship with Him. That anchor will hold and keep you grounded no matter what storms batter your life. You will reach the eternal shore with your soul intact and secure for all eternity.

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Eyes on Jesus

The writer of Hebrews uses the race metaphor to identify our journey of following God into the future. Like any race, it requires endurance in the face of difficulties and discouragements. But we are given the key to having clear vision as we run our spiritual race into the New Year—keeping your eyes on Jesus. As a human being, Jesus negotiated the road of life. So, He understands completely. But as truly God, He sees what is ahead for us. So, He guides perfectly. The conclusion of the biblical author is that our faith journey in this coming year depends on Jesus from start to finish. Fix your focus on Him. As you do, you will see the way ahead clearly by the light of His presence. Every day of 2020 keep your eyes on Jesus!


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The Faith Prescription

To see well I require a lens prescription suited just for me. But when it comes to spiritual vision one lens fits all. It is the lens of faith. Faith in God’s goodness enables us to see our circumstances with clarity. Faith in God’s sovereignty assures He can accomplish His good will for us. Faith in God’s faithfulness causes us to look beyond the present to focus on a future He is unfolding. Our walk as a follower of Jesus is brought into focus by this faith prescription. What we think we see is not reality. What faith in God reveals is. To see each day of 2020 clearly you must choose to see through the lens of faith. Trust in God must be your daily vision prescription. As you center your heart there, 2020 vision will lead you into the New Year.

 


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