HOW DID WE PARTICIPATE IN GOD’S MISSION THIS WEEK?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
4:1 Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison– 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Recall from Sunday:

We receive and release God’s grace in our families (3:18-21), our work (3:22-4:1) and in the world (4:2-6).

Reflect:

If an alien floated in from outer space and surveyed your life, what would he conclude is your mission? What would lead him to that conclusion?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

God’s mission in the world has implications for every sphere of our lives including our families, work, and our relationship to the world at large. Are there spheres in your life that God is more active in? Less active in? Why do you think that is?

Paul lays out some ideals for family and work that we’d love to see characterize us—being loving and caring parents, having obedient children, being professional and having integrity in our work. Does that describe your life? If not, what is keeping you from that? If so, how did you get there?

Paul calls the church to be steadfast and watchful in prayer (4:3-4). Does that describe your prayer? How often do your prayers stretch beyond yourself? Beyond your household? Beyond your neighborhood? Beyond your country?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

We can participate in God’s mission even in our own homes and workplaces by receiving and releasing God’s grace. Who needs God’s grace the most in those spheres in your life right now? How would you receive and release that grace to them?

We can participate in God’s mission by supporting our international workers in prayer. Consider together what sorts of prayer rhythms you could establish to steadfastly support God’s work around the world.