Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. (ESV)2 Timothy 1:8–12
When life gets busy, it is easy to lose sight of why we are doing anything. Sending out emails and messages becomes a rhythm. Preparing a daily prayer point becomes a habit. Packing boxes and raising kids becomes a routine.
With the weekend on its way, there’s an opportunity to remember why all of these preparations are happening. We are moving because we’re preparing to be on mission. We’re praying constantly over an upcoming visa application because that is the ticket to us being able to do the mission we’ve been called to.
And that mission is the gospel.
It is to preach what the world sees as foolish. It is to proclaim that Jesus is fully God and fully man, that he lived a sinless life on our behalf, that he died a sinner’s death on our behalf, that he has conquered death through his resurrection and that he will come back again for his people.
At the end of the day, this is all that we have to offer people. We can work on charity projects that relieve the symptoms of poverty, we can fight against systems that marginalise people. But unless we are presenting them with the gospel, we have accomplished nothing.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (ESV)1 Corinthians 10:31
Today, join with us as we pray for the main thing to stay the main thing. Pray that our motivation for everything that we do would be God’s glory and the opportunity to preach the gospel.