Our Bible verse for today: “Jesus told them, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “There is no greater truth to be told.”
Jesus is the only way to heaven. He is our salvation. It is through faith in Him that our sins are forgiven, and it is because of Him that we can enter into the Father’s presence in heaven. There is no other way. That’s the greatest and most important truth there is and as followers of Jesus we have a responsibility to spread that truth far and wide.
Instead of taking you straight to heaven the moment you placed your faith in Jesus, God left you here so you could become part of His kingdom-building work on earth. As His children and as disciples of His Son Jesus we have a responsibility to be involved in spreading the Gospel. This is what Jesus meant in Acts 1:8 when He said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
This will be the last daily devotional message you will receive until Wednesday October 17th. That’s because this morning I will be taking a mission team from our church to the Amazon Jungle in Peru. We will be doing construction work, farming, animal care, and child care at the El Arca Children’s Home in the southern Amazon basin in Peru near the Bolivian border. American missionaries Bud and Luara Lenz have a 110 acre ranch on the edge of the Rainforest. They care for 25-30 orphaned and abandoned Peruvian children, and they also use the ranch as a base of operations for a wide variety of other ministry activities in the region.
Sometimes international short-term mission trips are designed to have direct contact with unsaved locals and help to lead people to faith in Jesus. But other times mission teams go to work in support of missionaries like Bud and Laura, who already have a long-term presence in the country, and who regularly participate in evangelism and discipleship among the locals. In cases like this the goal of the mission is to engage in activities that help to strengthen the ministry of those who are already there. God will have us bring them needed supplies, assist in tasks that must be done in order for their long-term presence to continue effectively, and to be a source of encouragement to those missionaries.
I want to ask you to please keep this devotional message for the time our team is gone. Re-read it each morning and use it as a reminder to pray for us and for the Lenz family as we minister together in a difficult environment there in the Amazon Jungle. Our goal is to help them in their mission to tell the Peruvian people the most important truth that has ever been told – Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.