Heavenly Father, when we consider the missionaries who come to Revive, we picture the woman you describe in Proverbs 31: of noble character; worth far more than rubies; worthy of full confidence; lacking nothing of value; bringing good not harm all the days of her life. She works with eager hands, getting up early and providing for her family and those around her. She plants and sows according to your purposes, working vigorously with arms You’ve made strong for the task. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. She helps supply her household with all it needs. She is clothed with strength and dignity, speaking with wisdom and faithful instruction. Those who know her, call her blessed. Such a beautiful picture of who we can become in You, Lord. We pray these words over each missionary, thanking you for the gifts you’ve given her for your purposes. May these words not be viewed as goals to reach, but as fruits of your Spirit as each of us denies ourselves, takes up our cross, and follows you.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Your Turn: Have you ever read Proverbs 31 and thought, “I have so much work to do”? Today, consider how you balance striving and surrendering. Are you striving to produce fruit or surrendering to the Holy Spirit, acknowledging that fruit comes only from Him?