March 8

EXODUS 20:1-11

After I graduated from high school, I moved into a different city for my studies. In the second year, my instructor asked me what my vision was for our local community. With pride, I shared my dream of changing that community. I did not appreciate their current circumstances or the work that many people had been doing there before I was even born. I realized that I was struggling with my own messiah complex and did not see my role as a continuation of God’s work in my communities.

God told the Israelites to remember that he had taken them out of Egypt and out of the wilderness. “You shall have no other gods before me” (v. 3)—including your ego.

God is at work in our families and communities, and we are called to partner with him wherever he places us.

God, open our eyes to see your wonders and cause us to build on your legacy for the sake of advancing your kingdom. AMEN.

About the Author

Michel Ndiom

I have served as pastor of mission and outreach at Green Timber Covenant Church since 2017. I moved to the Surrey area from Cameroon 13 years ago. Before coming to Green Timbers, I was planting/lead pastor of Bethel World Outreach Church in greater Vancouver. I am licensed by the Covenant as a bivocational pastor and am pursuing ordination. I also work at the Ministry of Children and Family Development and manage a private counseling practice. I have a master’s of social work and am a registered social worker with the Canadian Social Worker Association. Throughout my professional life I have worked in many culturally diverse and peopleoriented roles. I have a passion for learning new cultures and languages and find fulfillment in working where cultures blend. My wife, Viviane, and I have four kids, Shekinah, Shiloh, Zoe, and Joshua.

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