Day 8 — Personally Engaged

#DETOX is designed to prioritize God in the new year as we allow him to cleanse and renew our souls (Psalm 51:10). Together, we are committing to 21 days of prayer and fasting so that we might come into greater alignment with God’s will, purposes and plans believing and trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact and change in our lives, our church and our world.

Over the course of our #DETOX journey, we will have a daily prayer focus that will help guide and unify us as a community in prayer as we seek God's heart together on a variety of topics. You can find an overview of our daily prayer focus topics here. The following post is meant to serve  as a reminder and inspiration on what and how you might pray on today's prayer focus, but should not limit how God leads you in praying. Be sure to follow along daily at our #DETOX Daily Blog here.

Prayer Focus: Personally Engaged

14 Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory—the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. John 1:14

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

God in His infinite love sent His Son, Jesus, to earth so that humans might have the opportunity to have relationship with Him. God didn’t love us from a distance. He didn’t just write a letter or send a text with “Love you!” God, through Jesus, literally became human and stepped into our world so we might know Him and experience His love—up close and personal.

Through the gift of Jesus, we may infer that God believes love is most powerfully experienced through personal engagement. Obviously, God gets the award for being the “most personally engaged” being—ever, for all of eternity. But friends, He also asks us to take His example and be similarly engaged with one another!

5 You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, 6 who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. Philippians 2:5-7

We can share in Jesus’ “attitude” by humbly stepping into someone else’s world so we might love them—up close and personal. Being personally engaged may entail literally or metaphorically going to places that are unfamiliar or inconvenient for us. You might agree to play your child’s favorite game (even though it doesn’t make sense to you), to listen to your loved one as they share about their challenges or triumphs, to accompany a friend to their first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

And as we step into someone else’s world, let’s allow ourselves to be impacted by them. When a loved one shares about their difficult day or a friend is grieving a lost relationship, let’s engage enough to be moved by what they say. Let’s empathize with their struggle, share their joy and their pain, and refrain from offering advice when it is not welcomed.

When we personally engage with others there will be times when we feel uncomfortable, annoyed, or helpless. In these moments, we can invite God to once again, be personally engaged with us—to meet us in our need. We can ask Him to help us have courage, patience, and to remind us that He (and not we) is the Savior of the world.

Friends, would you join me in thanking God for His Son, Jesus, and ask Him to empower us to be personally engaged with others today?

Dear God,

Thank you for being so personally engaged with me that you would offer Your Son Jesus so I might know you and have relationship with you now and forever. Please, give me the courage to step into someone else’s world today.

In Jesus’ Name,

— Kelly M.

Royce Yuen