Devotional for Day 35 – October 5, 2013
Timothy Kwara, Christian Leaders’ Training College, Papua New Guinea
God calls people to Himself out of a fallen world. For He has a plan for each person’s life and is committed to see it come to pass. He never gives up on a person and neither should we.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, the He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30, NIV)
God has been in the business of “searching for” people since the time Adam and Eve were hiding from Him in the Garden of Eden. Today He continues His search for all people. Often He does that through us because He wants to straighten out the lives of those who have gone astray and are hiding from Him. He does not want anyone to perish.
He alone is the source of life and He wants to lead us into a bright and beautiful future. God as the Creator, knows the hurts that we have and all the experiences, good and bad, that we have encountered in life. He is never finished us with us. He is always there to mold and shape us so that we can be conformed more and more to the likeness of His Son Jesus.
Here in Papua New Guinea, lives are lost in tribal clashes due to such things as land disputes. There are payback killings over rape and much more. Many crimes are committed because of high unemployment and jails are overflowing. There are social injustices due to corruption in the government. As a result of living in a fallen world, many people are being hurt day by day. The Gospel has been preached throughout the islands and mountains but still many people choose to go their own way. There are many ‘skin’ only Christians. So there is widespread need for repentance and reconciliation so that this nation can be saved both spiritually and physically from death and submit to Christ as their Lord.
Pray this Prayer:
God Our Creator, thank You that You created us for Yourself and that You love each and every person. Thank You that You did not wipe mankind from the face of the earth when sin entered the human race. Instead You worked out a rescue plan and in the fullness of time You sent Your Son Jesus to live amongst us so that we can be reconciled to You. Now that Jesus is seated at Your right hand, help us to continue the ministry of reconciliation that He began in the power of Your Holy Spirit. Forgive us for our reluctance to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world today. Change us to be like Jesus so we can minister His love to others. Amen.
Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.