Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Serving Together for Tomorrow: Day 6

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LUKE 9:51

Churches with a great mission capacity share two features—enthusiasm and focus. Enthusiasm to serve is contagious, visible, and powerful. Our desire to work on behalf of others, our vision of how the Kingdom can emerge amid dire circumstances, can be compelling and energizing. But enthusiasm without focus soon dissipates. Enthusiasm must be channeled into sustainable ventures that yield real results.

If the mission focus of a faith community is too broad, too disparate, its enthusiasm will wane. We multiply our efforts and enhance our mission energy, by concentrating them. Instead of many small involvements with small investments of time, talent, and treasure, we leverage our resources and focus on a few endeavors in which VPC can make a crucial impact.

Jesus had a ministry focus evident in our verse today—he was moving towards Jerusalem and Holy Week.

Have you ever seen enthusiasm dissipate?

What happened?

Family Focus: Try doing several things at once (counting while hopping, reading while doing push ups, etc.). Talk about the results. Explain the value in focusing, whether in life or church.

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Serving Together for Tomorrow: Day 5

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1 TIMOTHY 6:17-19

Some needs we are to meet emerge spontaneously, as they did for those in Jesus’ story who were walking on the road and saw someone unconscious and in difficulty. These situations are hard because emerging need doesn’t take account of our previous plans and agenda.

But other needs are endemic and require not spontaneous generosity but careful strategy and organized response. One advantage of church involvement is that we have a chance, as a community, to pool our knowledge, skills, and resources to make wise responses to large and perpetual social ills. Together, we make a dent in hunger through ICM, and in homelessness via Family Promise and UMOM. Together, we do education, healthwork, and development in Africa.

Of all our missions, which is your favorite?

Do you find it easier to be spontaneous or to make measured and organized responses?

Family Focus: Tell your children about a mission effort you have been or are involved with.

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