Beyond the Weekend

June 1 | Mission

June 1, 2015

Text: Acts 11.19-30

God always has a mission and is always on the move: the activity of creation, rescuing his people from Egypt, and sending Jesus to provide salvation for all who believe. His mission of redemption and restoration, in ways big and small, continues today. It’s our challenge to understand his mission, find where he is working, and join him in that process.

But often this is antithetical to the way we live. We’d rather focus on our plans, programs, and ideas—and ask God to bless those—instead of discovering where God is working and join him. We’re more apt to ask God to join our plans, pursuits, and ambitions instead of joining God’s work. Not only is it our responsibility to pursue God wherever he’s leading, it’s also our privilege. We don’t have to join God, we get to join him!

It’s what we see happen here in Acts 11 as God uses persecution to move the early church out of Jerusalem and Galilee “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1.8). As a result, “the Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord” (Acts 11.21). God was moving, his people joined him in the work, and many believed.

Today, welcome God into your week with open hands as you listen to Kristian Stanfill’s “The Lord Our God” as you commit to moving with God.

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