Serving God: Go and Find the Missing

Serving God: Go and Find the Missing

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is the final day of the final week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Go and Find the Missing

What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.
Matthew 18:12-14 (NIV)

How many groups of Christians do you, or have you had, fellowship with?  Do those groups consist of the same people now as when you first met with them?  Why?  Who is missing?  Why?  Do you know people who have not just moved to a different fellowship of Christians, but have quit meeting with other Christians all-together?  As you consider people who have been close Christian friends of yours in the past, who is missing?  Will you serve them, and the body of Christ, by going and finding those who have wandered off?

It doesn’t take a very in-depth reading of the gospels to discover that Jesus has a heart of compassion for those who are missing.  It doesn’t seem to matter if they wandered off, were stolen away, or simply got lost.  Jesus taught that it is our responsibility to search for them, to watch for their return, and to be ready to welcome them with open arms.  People end up missing for a lot of reasons and sometimes we fail to have as much concern about the missing as Jesus does.

As you pray, ask God to help you to see those who are missing.  Pray that you would serve them by being involved in searching for them, watching for them, and welcoming them back.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Go and Bear Fruit (04/09/21)

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This is the audio from the April 9, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Serving God: Go and Bear Fruit

Serving God: Go and Bear Fruit

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day six in the final week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Go and Bear Fruit

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
John 15:16 (NIV)

Is your life producing anything good?  How do you know?  What type of fruit should your life be producing?  What is the source of this fruit?  How likely are you to bear good fruit if you are not living connected to the source of all things good?  How do you feel about bearing eternal fruit everywhere that you go?  Are there places you go on a regular basis that you have not thought at all about how you could serve the people there in a way that would bear much fruit?  What will you do?

Jesus said that if a tree doesn’t bear good fruit, it is eventually cut down and burned.  Sometimes we believe, and perhaps are even taught, that our relationship with Jesus is all about us and Him.  Yet the Bible makes it very clear that we are saved for the purpose of doing the good works that God created in advance for us to do.  When we live attached to the vine of Christ, it is our responsibility to bear fruit wherever we go. 

As you pray, ask God to remind you of the connection you have to Christ.  Pray that your life would be one that produces good fruit wherever you go.  Pray that you would take seriously your responsibility to serve others as you trust God to produce the fruit that He desires in their life.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Go and Leave Sin (04/08/21)

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This is the audio from the April 8, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Serving God: Go and Leave Sin

Serving God: Go and Leave Sin

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day five in the final week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Go and Leave Sin

Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’  ‘No one, sir,’ she said. ‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’
John 8:10-11 (NIV)

What is your favorite sin?  Are you shocked that I would ask such a question?  Are there things that God calls sin that you have renamed and allowed to remain in your life?  How does dragging sinful behavior along with you affect your ability to serve others?  When Paul writes about the “sin that so easily entangles”, is there a particular thought or action that comes to your mind?  What does it take to completely leave sin behind as you serve in the name of Christ?

For many Christians, sin is the thing others do.  We’re Christians so we compartmentalize and justify our pride, lust, greed, envy, jealousy, anger, hatred, etc. and choose labels for them that are anything but sin.  God want us to go and leave all of that sin behind because it separates us from Him and is a hindrance to our serving effectively in His Name.  God say that when we have been buried with Christ, we have put to death the sin the reigns in our body and it no longer is our master.  With Christ as our master, we can call sin out for what it is and completely leave it as we serve others.

As you pray, ask God to help you identify all traces of sin that you need to leave behind as you serve others in love.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Go and Show Mercy (04/07/21)

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This is the audio from the April 7, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Serving God: Go and Show Mercy

Serving God: Go and Show Mercy

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day four in the final week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Go and Show Mercy

‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’  The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’
Luke 10:36-37 (NIV)

How vengeful are you?  Are you sure?  How long is the list of people in your mind that deserve punishment for what they have done to you?  Are there people that you have refused to serve because you believe they deserve the situation they are in?  What does God say you deserve because of the sins you have committed?  How much mercy has God shown in your life?  How much mercy does He expect you to show to others as you serve them in His name?

Most of us, when reminded of God’s mercy toward us, would not readily admit our lack of mercy extended toward others.  Yet our actions and attitudes often tell a different story.  By its very nature, mercy is something that is not deserved.  So, if you are waiting for someone to deserve having you serve them in the name of  Christ, you are not extending the mercy that they need.  When you consider the relief that comes from God’s mercy extended to us, one of the greatest acts of service you can do for the people around you each day is to show mercy to them.

As you pray, ask God to help you understand more fully His mercy toward you so you will be more inclined to show mercy.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Go To Your Family (04/06/21)

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This is the audio from the April 6, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom