We are loving our devotionals series, are you?! This month we have the honour of sharing devotionals from Lars & Megan Halvorsen, from C3 Darwin! // read this weeks devotional from @meganjhalvo below
Psalm 116: 16 (MSG) Oh God, here I am, your servant, your faithful servant: set me free for your service!
One of the great benefits of salvation is freedom. Freedom from sin, guilt, shame, our past, sickness, bondage and the list goes on. It is for freedom He has set us free!
What is the purpose of this freedom though? The world would tell us that freedom is all about the ability to run your own life, forge your own path, follow the desires of the flesh and be free from the restrictions others place upon us.
The true freedom of the Kingdom is of course different. I love the heart cry of David here in this Psalm: “Set me free for your service!” He had the revelation that the purpose of his freedom in Christ was to actually freely lay his life down in service to God.
One of my favourite things is hearing people’s joy when they discover the fulfilment that comes from serving. As we serve God, others, our church and our community we bring a revolution!
No matter what role, title or function we perform, let’s always keep at heart: “God, here I am, your servant.”
Check in every Monday for a new devotional from one of our pastors from around the globe – this month we have the honour of hearing from Same & Jess Picken from C3 Toronto. Read Sam’s devotional on #purpose for this week:
1 Corinthians 9:16 “Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News!”
A huge struggle we have with PURPOSE is knowing “What am I meant to do?”. I find most people want to please God and live out their purpose, but knowing whether the next move we’re thinking is the right one can be paralyzing. But if we remain in indecision for too long, that itself becomes a bad decision. Kingdom vision compels us. In this verse Paul reveals that his purpose became so strong that little decision making is actually required. He is COMPELLED by the cause of eternity. I believe God wants us living with this level of passion for the local church and for the kingdom of God. Remember that everything you have and everything you do is for this cause. Living for God and spreading the gospel is the greatest, most compelling purpose anyone can live for.
Lars & Megan Halvorsen are the senior pastors of C3 Darwin, and are checking in this week with a devotional for you! Read Lars’ devotional below:
Psalm 145:18 God’s there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it.
Our two daughters, aged 5 and 3 are at a stage where they are always competing for my attention. They will do the craziest things to gain my focus. Anything from pulling a funny face or inventing a new dance move, to creating an artistic masterpiece or even feigning an illness. Whatever it takes to get Daddy to look!
This scripture shows us we have a Father in heaven whose attention needs not be competed for. We do not need to perform a clever trick or call incessantly for him to “watch me!”, He is already leaning in and listening for the prayer of His child. Think about it: the King of the universe is seated on His throne, and yet right now He is inclined toward you anticipating your heartfelt prayer. Your prayer at any moment is eagerly awaited. May knowing this to be true inspire you to pray more often, more naturally and more like a child who has their father’s undivided attention.