However slow progress may feel at times, we take fresh encouragement from the reality that God is the One who is initiating. We are not the primary carriers of the good news; God is the One who is whispering the hope of a purposeful and abundant life into the hearts of people. God is the One who creates a heartfelt hunger for forgiveness, justice, reconciliation, and healing. God has set God’s affections upon our neighbors and communities long before we showed up. Acknowledging that work is how we plant like Jesus.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
—John 1:9, NIV
Prayer for the Week
God of love,
plant me in the soil of your grace.
Nurture me with the strength of Christ,
the vine of everlasting life.
Enlighten me with the wisdom of your Spirit,
which flows through me today and all days.
Abide in me,
that I may abide in you
and live in your love.
In your holy name, I pray. Amen.
(Based on John 15 and adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012.)
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