Devotions for July 22, 2014

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2 Timothy 2:1-10

Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. 2 You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.

3 Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. 5 And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. 6 And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. 7 Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things.

8 Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. 9 And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. 10 So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: What does the word ‘missions’ mean to you? Do you find yourself thinking, people need Jesus and people need to go, but just not you? Have you ever wanted to go, but felt like there were too many obstacles: money, time, support? Has anyone ever asked you to go? Has God already told you to go?

Q: In what areas of your life could God stretch you in on an overseas mission trip? How are those areas of your life? Could you use that growth? Would a mission trip help you see God in ways that you might not here? Have you ever given God full days of your life? How would you and your life change if you were to give ten full days to God?

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