Monday, July 27, 2015

This week's lesson (July 25-31): exiles as missionaries

"Remember my chains." -- Colossians 4:18, NIV
Not every missionary is a volunteer.

Certainly Daniel was not; neither were his three friends: Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego.
You see, they were captives -- Prisoners of War who had been moved to Babylon, stripped of their old identities, and forced to serve its rulers . . . 
Rulers they would not have chosen to serve -- not if it was up to them.
But sometimes, we don't get that choice.
No, sometimes life puts us someplace we don't want to go -- someplace we never thought of serving God.
For Daniel, it was Babylon.
For Esther, it was the court of Ahasuerus.
For Paul, it was a prison cell.
And if God could use them in places like that, then just think where God could use you . . . 
Yes, even if you wish it was someplace else.

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