Lost the Fire
Theme of the Week: Finding Your Purpose
Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Key Bible Verses: "You have abandoned your first love. Do you remember what it was like before you fell? It's time to rethink and change your ways; go back to how you first acted." (Revelation 2:4-5, The Voice)
Dig Deeper: Revelation 2-3
Those first disciples were on fire. Nothing could stop them. Within 300 years, the gospel revolution had conquered the Roman Empire and changed the known world. Their radical lifestyles were characterized by a sense of urgency and divine purpose. Nothing was more important, and no price was too high to pay. Many of the first disciples were martyred for the cause, and others rose to pick up the banner and lead the charge. But 2,000 years later the Christian movement, especially in the global North, has lost its sense of urgency. Affluent, comfortable, and distracted, Christians today seem to have lost the fire to change the world. The work of God's kingdom lies unfinished, and God's people seem to have lost their sense of purpose in the world.
I believe there is a direct connection between the unfinished work of God's kingdom and our sense of feeling incomplete in our Christian faith because there is a connection between our story and God's story. If we are not personally engaged in God's great mission in the world, then we have missed the very thing he created us to do. We are like birds meant to fly but living in a cage, fish meant to swim but floundering on the beach.
—Richard Stearns in Unfinished
My Response: I will consider studying the Book of Acts to draw inspiration for my own walk of faith.
Thought to Apply: We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.—Oswald J. Smith (Canadian pastor, author, missions advocate)
Adapted from Unfinished by Richard Stearns (Thomas Nelson, 2014) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Sovereign King of the universe, captivate me with such a powerful vision of the hope of the gospel that I cannot help but share it.
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