The Upper Room Devotional for 29th January 2023

The Upper Room Devotional for 29th January 2023

The Upper Room Devotional for 29th January 2023

Welcome!!! The word of God is food to the spirit man. As you read The Upper Room Devotional Today, may the word of the Lord powerfully impact on you.

Today’s Topic: Joy in Sacrifice
Dennis Oh (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

Matthew 19:23

Making sacrifices allows me to serve God more fully.

The Upper Room Devotional for 29th January 2023

Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life. – Matthew 19:29 (NRSV)

In the summer of 2011, I was in Singapore for what I thought would be a short trip to renew my visa before returning to my mission field in northern India. I was excited to email my sponsoring church and report on my first few months’ work, but I was distraught to learn they would not be sending the funds necessary for me to continue missionary service. I came to the painful conclusion that my missionary dreams in India were over.

I had left a trunk in India filled with everything I owned. Now, all my earthly possessions fit in a school bag. I quit mission work and went to Korea, feeling dejected. I was just trying to serve God. Why didn’t God provide?

From today’s scripture, we learn that serving God can come with the loss of comfort, security, and even future prospects. At the same time, I have learned much from my many and varied experiences. I have gained friends and family; I’ve lived in several countries without ever lacking shelter, food, or the sweet fellowship of God’s people.

When we make sacrifices for God, we gain more than we can imagine, both in this life and most certainly in the life to come.

Dear God, give us courage to risk our own comfort so that we can lead others to know the joy that you alone can give. Amen.

International missionaries

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