WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017
Key Bible Verse: Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (Jeremiah 29:7, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Jeremiah 29:1-23
Journeying into your community isn’t a matter of physical miles; it’s a matter of relational miles. Relational miles are racked up by building credibility and trust within your community. They come from you being willing to do the same old repetitive trot, being present and loving to your neighbour, day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year.
It’s like a friend of mine who does community work to help disenfranchised people told me: “When I first started, no one really listened to me or took me seriously. Now, after several years, I’m considered an expert.”
[Here’s some] advice regarding your willingness to journey:
You’re not alone; lean on God for support and strength. With every step you take into unfamiliar territory, he is with you.
Stay willing to journey. I guarantee that you will hit bumps in the road that will make you want to quit. Don’t allow these momentary tests to derail you. Grow through them and learn.
Keep the goal in mind. Remember, you are taking a journey to share Jesus with your community. Imagine the transformation in the lives of those people if you journey well. With that in mind, keep on truckin’!
– Mark E. Strong in Divine Merger
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