Impact Devotional ~ Day Nine

Katie Chatham

Ephesians 1:3-5 (NLT) “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”

This verse tells us that God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing! This is not so we can just live safe, comfortable lives. He blesses us so that we can make an IMPACT on the lives of others. One of the many ways we are going to do that is by Impacting Africa!

We also read in this verse that we have been adopted into God’s family through Jesus. Without Jesus, we are all orphans, but by His grace we are called His own. Adopting you gave God great pleasure! Imagine the joy it brings Him when we put our resources toward extending love to orphans, widows and those who don’t know Jesus yet! Mganduzweni, the village we are adopting, is a village of 170,000 people! God knows each one of them by name and we get the opportunity to show them the love of Christ!

Pastor Matt reminds us often that everything we have comes from Jesus, is distributed by Jesus and belongs to Jesus! And, all the results of what we do are credited to Jesus! Because of Jesus, people who have never had hope before can know what it means to have eternal hope! Because of Jesus, widows can know everlasting love. Because of Jesus, orphans can know the love of their Heavenly Father. And because of Jesus, we as a church can make a Kingdom Impact!

Dave Ohlerking, founder of Children’s Cup, always said, “Hope’s name is Jesus”. When we bring Jesus to the people of Mganduzweni, we are brining HOPE!

Today, thank God for the spiritual blessings He has given you. Give him all the glory for what He has done in your life and what He is going to do through your life. Thank Him for the plan and purpose He has for C3 in Mganduzweni and how He is going to use us to make an IMPACT!

Remember, it’s all because of Jesus! Let’s make an IMPACT together in Africa!