Seek First Christ’s Mission

Monday, September 2

9-2By Donna Boyd of Independence, Missouri, USA

…and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well…. “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

—Matthew 6:32–33, 7:7–8

We were seeking the home of friends. They gave us directions, and we started out confidently. We looked for landmarks along the way to assure us that we had taken the right road. As we looked for the signs they told us to expect, we knew we were on the right road to the home of our friends.

When we choose baptism, we enter the mission of Christ. The Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives reassures us that we are on the path of discipleship. We continue in faith as we develop in relationship with God.

Sometimes we become confused as the way seems long. We may seek direction from those who do not understand Christ’s mission and get conflicting advice. We may fail to ask for God’s guidance and become discouraged, ready to turn back. We may meet someone who tries to persuade us to change our course, to seek fame or pleasure instead of seeking Christ.

Through all the trials of the journey, we can remember to seek divine guidance. God has given us the Holy Spirit so we need not wander in darkness or confusion. We remember that we ought to seek first the kingdom of God. When faith wavers, we need to open ourselves to the reassuring presence of God’s Spirit.

Prayer for Peace
We are searching, God. We are knocking and asking. We have faith the doors will open. We have faith that you will guide us in the ways to share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Praying for Leadership of the Church
An important spiritual practice for disciples is praying for members of the body of Christ, particularly those who carry leadership responsibilities. Ask God to guide your awareness of people who lead the community of faith in congregations, mission centers, and the World Church. Pray for God’s outpouring of grace on each servant leader who comes to mind.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will not hesitate to call on you for direction in Christ’s mission.

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