Today in my Heartlight.org article, Drop the Rope!, I talk about the way we end up playing tug-of-war over a lot of issues that we need to simply agree on — or at least agree to see things a little differently from each other. One key, the focus of the article, is on whether we take mission trips or service trips. Somewhere along the way, the Kingdom of God has got to become more important than our claims to being right about an issue. Of course this applies across the board to a number of issues beside this one.
Pray the Lord’s prayer with me today, focusing on crying out for the Kingdom to come and then let’s ask ourselves some questions about our passion for the Kingdom!
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.
What is an area of spiritual life where you have caught yourself wanting to be right — win an argument — and have lost sight of your passion for God’s rule to break into our world and for God’s reign in your own heart to control your actions and words?
Why do you think it is so easy for us to get into these religious tug-of-wars instead of caring and sharing with those outside our spiritual family?
What is missing on a service trip in Jesus’ name when folks don’t look for opportunities to share the story of Jesus?
What is missing in a mission trip if folks preach and teach in Jesus’ name, but don’t serve others as Jesus did or treat others along the way as Jesus did?
* Which is harder for you, sharing the story of Jesus or caring for those in need?
* Why is one harder than the other?
* What can you do to grow in both areas, but especially in the area of weakness?
* What can we all do to ensure that our efforts in mission trips and in daily life include both caring and sharing?