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Philippians 2:5-8

5 Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. 7 Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, 8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross.

Prayer Journal Entry

Lord, I come before you humble, I hope.
I come before you contrite.
Please show me any instances where I’ve lacked love for others today. I plead for conviction; increase my desire to be holy like You are holy. Forgive me, Lord Jesus, and teach me, Spirit, to follow Your ways.

Thank You for making my life on purpose to live on mission with You. Keep teaching me to daily lean on Your sufficiency by walking according to Your word. Show me how to serve others more than I serve myself. Show me how to link arms in mission with other believers so the world may know You.

Fill me with the sweet fruit of Your Spirit as Your love leads my heart to engage others with the same grace, mercy, and kindness You have shown me. May Your love be evident in me today, through my words, thoughts, and actions. I live for You!

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Journal Prompts


Jesus’ final words to His disciples instructed those who were gathered around Him to go. Those who had entrusted their lives to the Savior of the world were not just instructed to go back to their homes, but out into all the world. They were to live on mission, teaching others to follow Jesus just as they had been taught. As Bri and Carol reminded us on Monday, authentically fulfilling the mission Christ has commissioned us with means loving genuinely and sharing the whole of the gospel message without strong-arming others or condemning them.

Our mission for Christ is not a mandate to travel to a foreign country outside of our own, although the Lord of the Harvest may lead us there in His time and His way. Our mission begins at home with our neighbors, our friends, the strangers we regularly see, and even those who are hard to love.

Who are the ones Jesus wants you to truly see this week? What open door opportunities is He giving you so you can trustingly share Hope and Love with those who need Him?

Stacy led us through 2 Timothy 2:1 as she emphasized how Paul and Timothy’s family-like relationship wonderfully reflects the relationship we are to share with fellow believers in Jesus. Timothy lightened Paul’s load, Paul modeled following Jesus to his “son in the faith”, and both were deeply encouraged by one another. What a gift to belong to the family of God!

Though these two men differed in age, season in life, and experiences, they both shared the same Holy Spirit living inside them. I have experienced this precious gift of encouragement through teaching one younger than myself in the faith, as well as being encouraged and challenged by someone farther ahead of me spiritually.

When we choose to partner together with other believers in this way, the mission of Christ can only be blessed! Consider who the Lord might be calling you to live authentically alongside as a “Paul” or “Timothy” in order that the body of Christ might be strengthened and encouraged!


We are not designed to live out God’s purposeful mission for our lives alone. It is a gift and a blessing to work alongside others pursuing the same goal to reach others for Christ. True, God created us all different with a wide, beautiful variety of gifts, abilities, and experiences; these are purposefully intended in order to complement one another and reach more together than we would as individuals. (Romans 12:3-8)

Linking arms with other believers strengthens our faith when we feel it’s dwindling. When we work together with one another while keeping our focus on Jesus, we demonstrate the beauty of unity and love that Christ intends. If we are working alone, we can easily become caught up in the practicality of mission with plans and programs, derailing our focus from worshipping Christ.

When we serve with others, we are open to accountability as we remind one another to not make idols of the Lord’s mission. Who will you partner with this week on mission as the Lord has called you?  
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