January 11th, I headed to Alabama to take care of my parents. My dad had just been released from the hospital after 9 days on the COVID floor. My mom was so full of anxiety and stress from days without a report or hearing his voice she could barely function.
As I headed down I-20, I prayed, “Lord, I cannot do this but you can. I am your vessel. I come to you humbly and fully dependent on you to work through me”.
And He did. Last week was so special. Time with Him. Time with my parents. Unexplainable patience, clarity, discernment, and strength. I was on mission and being fueled by the Lord. This feeling of perfect peace and divine nearness I had felt before, but only when I was on mission in Africa where I had also been humbled and fully dependent. It had been so long since I had experienced it and I missed it so.
This left me wondering, how can I experience this daily?
After all, aren’t we on mission every day?!?!
Believers, look at the current state of our world.
WE ARE CALLED TO BE ON MISSION!
I arrived back home Saturday praying that I could be rested and renewed for the upcoming week. I awoke the next morning 11 hours later, went to church, took a nap, and spent time with the family. I was renewed.
Talking this over with my husband, I felt frustration as to why I cannot live in this sweet spot daily. He said it's because there is a start and endpoint, it’s temporary.
THEN IT HIT ME, THAT IS WHAT THE SABBATH IS FOR!
We can live on mission, fully humbled and dependent. We can fight the good fight and pour out in the way we are called. Monday is our starting point and Sunday (or your Sabbath day) is the endpoint to renew for the next week!
1. WE ARE ON MISSION. “The call of God is not for the special few, it is for everyone. Whether or not I hear God’s call depends on the state of my ears, and what I hear depends on my disposition.” – Oswald Chambers
Matthew 28:16-20 The Great Commission
Matthew 22: 36-40 The greatest commandment is to love God, the second is love your neighbor as yourself. (paraphrased)
2. DON'T NEGLECT THE SABBATH.
Exodus 20:8-10b Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God…