ODJ: Lottie’s legacy

January 26, 2016 

READ: Hebrews 10:23-39 

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised (v.36).

The legacy of Lottie Moon lives on more than a hundred years after her death. Originally from the US, she traveled to China as a missionary and later established the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, which has raised more than $1.5 billion (US) for missions since 1888. Many received salvation in Jesus during her years of ministry, but she endured difficult circumstances in the process. She suffered discrimination as a single woman and also faced illness, famine, and war. Lottie remained resolute, however, as she continued to share the good news and urged others to do the same.

God provided what Lottie Moon needed as she served Him on the mission field. It wasn’t easy, but she persevered by His power and strength.

When many of us first came to Christ, it’s likely we were eager to do His will and ready to endure much suffering for His sake (Hebrews 10:32-34). Over the years, however, we may become weary in our resolve as difficult circumstances leave us feeling disillusioned. The writer of Hebrews tells us to cling to our “confident trust in the Lord” (v.35). And as we patiently endure, we can “continue to do God’s will” and “receive all that he has promised” (v.36).

Be encouraged to hold tightly without wavering from your hope, for God can be trusted to keep His promises! And while we serve Him, we can also think of ways to motivate others to acts of love and good works (vv.23-24).

Just as Lottie Moon remained resolute in her calling to tell people about Jesus Christ, plant churches in China, and mobilize many to missions despite great opposition, may we also patiently endure all things, remaining true to God’s call in our lives. He is faithful and will provide what we need!

—Ruth O’Reilly-Smith

365-day-plan: Genesis 42:1-38

Read James 1:2-4 and consider what happens as we persevere through the challenges of life by God’s strength. 
How have you been struggling to patiently endure in your faith and ministry for God? What encouragement and resources has He provided to help you press on in hope?