By Julie Kraus
Today's Scripture: Galatians 1:10
Central Thought: Pleasing God often means displeasing the world.
Every year, I work as a camp counselor in a program that prepares missionaries and their kids for their entry into countries all over the world. God calls some families to cities in Europe, others to the farthest villages in Africa. During the summer, I work with kids, ages five to nine. Yes, they are adorable, and after just five short weeks, I say a tearful goodbye.
One year, a blonde, 5-year-old girl with the prettiest brown eyes and the thickest Alabama accent was in my group. She looked up at me one night with big, ambitious eyes and said, 'I am so excited to go to my country because people there have never heard about Jesus.” I cried myself to sleep that night because I knew the country she was so excited to move to was closed to missionaries, and they would be serving Jesus in a hidden, underground church.
When I think about them, I do not worry. I pray. I believe in my heart that God has already prepared the way before them. Being what God has called us to be sometimes means leaving what we love behind, even our security. Paul says not to be concerned about pleasing man. God has called us to live apart and above the expectations of man. Sometimes God even calls us and our families to countries or places with little hope and closed doors.
Every day is an opportunity to serve God and not man. We need to be open to wherever there is need and always pray for those who have given up the most. Pray for missionaries that serve Jesus faithfully across the world. Some risk imprisonment and even death for the cause of Christ.
Devotional Prayer: Father, thank You for calling missionaries and for burdening their hearts with the ultimate cause. Be with their children who not only minister to the local people, but also become one with them. Help us, Lord, to be willing to serve You and to forget about pleasing man.
Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 15:1-18:7; Galatians 1:1-24; Psalm 58:1-11; Proverbs 23:12