Scripture for today: Col. 1:3-6
When I was little, my family had a connection with a missionary in Africa. One day, the missionary sent us a $500 bill from their country. We were ecstatic. We were rich! Little did we know that the currency exchange rate in that country was so poor, that $500 bill was worth less than $1 in U.S. currency.
Although we did not become financially rich that day, we were spiritually enriched. We were reminded that God was working all the way on the other side of the world, reaching people through missionaries.
Today, God is still working across the globe. Right now, there are over 3,600 IMB missionaries scattered around the world, telling people about Jesus. The gospel is growing, and we get to be a part of that global work.
As Southern Baptists approach another season of giving to international missions, let us also give thanks to God for his global gospel. Let us echo Paul’s prayer in Col. 1:3-6, “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing.”
Father, thank you for the good news of Jesus. Thank you for the faithful missionaries who go to unreached places to tell others about you. Help me to support our missionaries and to be a missionary in my own context.