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Day 15 Lenten Devotion - A Mission is Born

By Jonathan Hoeldtke in Woodstown Presbyterian Church almost 6 years ago | 695 views Link:

Day 15 of Lent

Title: A Mission is Born


Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.  John 19:25-27


As a pastor I have had the responsibility of burying children and comforting grieving parents.  I think it’s the most difficult thing I do.  Often a tragedy like losing a child ignites a mission for the parents.  Think of MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  In 1980, Candy Lightner made a promise in her daughter’ empty bedroom that she would do something to prevent others from being killed by drunk drivers.  Her 13 year old daughter, Cari was a victim of a repeat offender.  And so the mission of MADD was born.   

Nine years ago, a student in my youth group, Emily, died ruptured cerebral aneurysm two days after graduating from college.  Her parents organized a charitable organization called the Emily Specchio Foundation that supports work that was important to Emily.  They are helping to change lives in her name.  They had a mission.

Now think of Mary.  Her son, Jesus, dies.  What do you think her response was?  Do you think she asked the question, “What was important to Jesus?”  Maybe she made a promise in the quiet of his empty bedroom, “How can I prevent others from experiencing the evil that took my son’s life?”  Maybe a mission was sparked in her – her purpose became carrying on what was important to Jesus.   Jesus gave us his purpose in John 10:10 when he said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  That abundant life comes through a relationship with Mary’s son, Jesus.   She wanted people to know that her son didn’t die for nothing.   She wanted people to know her son.   And so the mission of the church was born.


Maybe you have never thought of the church in this way before.  Perhaps your experience with church up to this point has been simply a place where you go and perform religious activities.  But just imagine yourself there at the foot of the cross.  How important is Jesus to you?  Take some time and meditate on what Jesus means to you.  Do you love him?  Do you love him enough to carry on the mission that was important to Him – pointing people to God and changing their lives?  What can you do today to make that your purpose?  If you are not actively involved in a church make a commitment to join the mission.   Do it today. 

Suggested Prayer

Pray that God will help you to carry on what was important to Jesus.  Pray for the mission of the church. 


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Buck Rosenberger

Everyone of us can do this.  Jesus did not have a staff or budget.  The Biblical disciples were people with whom He initiated a relationship.  He spoke to them and they responded.  We can do the same, one person at a time.  My prayer is to be useful in this purpose and to make what is important to Jesus important to me.  This is hard but certainly a reasonable goal.

Pat Fredrick

I receive an email everyday called, Daily dose of Gratitude. Here is today’s message;

Be grateful for your ability to take action. What if you had infinite knowledge at the point of your death? At that point, you could do anything you wanted, without fear because you would know it would all work out. But it would be too late to take action in this lifetime. So act now on what you know or believe, and trust in your beliefs. What is one action you’d like to take before you leave this life? How can you accomplish this, or what one step can you take toward that today?

We know the answer..lead someone towards Christ. Have a blessed Friday.

Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:51:43 +0000

Valerie Wiest

Very grateful for these daily devotions for lent.  Thank you Jonathan and all who respond for helpng to deepen my faith.   Val

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