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August 23, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Disciples 5


Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I set you apart” (NIV)

 

Thought for Today

The call on your life to be a disciple of Jesus, our Master, started from the very beginning of your life. Before you were born God placed His calling upon you. From the very beginning God intended for you to know Him and be known by Him. As you renew your commitment to His call upon your life, remember that it is not a call to subservience but companionship. His call is for you to find joy, meaning and purpose in your relationship to Him as you learn, mature and serve. Open your heart anew to His calling on your life and recommit yourself to being His disciple today.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge Your call upon my life. It is the desire of my heart and soul to follow You. Strengthen my will that I may remain faithful to You as Your disciple. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Those who aren't following Jesus aren't his followers. It's that simple. Followers follow, and those who don't follow aren't followers. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus into a society where justice rules, where love shapes everything. To follow Jesus means to take up his dream and work for it.” ― Scot McKnight

 

Quote of the Day

The starting point of all achievement is desire. — Napoleon Hill

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August 22, 2019, 7:07 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Disciples 4


The Other Disciples

 

Luke 8:1-3

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.

 

Thought for Today

We are often given the impression that Jesus and his band of twelve merry men wandered the countryside alone. This was not the case. There was another very committed group that traveled quietly in the background with them. A sizable group of women traveled with them. These were women who had encountered Jesus in their times of need and were so impacted by His healing, teaching, and loving that they not only journeyed with Jesus and His disciples, but supported them both physically by cooking, washing and the like, but supported them financially out of their own pockets. It was not what they knew about Jesus that caused them to follow and support Him, it was genuinely meeting Jesus and being loved by Him that so captivated them. This is God’s hope for each of us. He does not want us to simply come to the cross and there trade our sin for Jesus’ holiness. He wants you to encounter the One who has loved you since the dawn of creation. When you encounter this Jesus and are loved by Him you will joyfully follow Him, too.

 

Prayer

Blessed Jesus, I am not looking for fame or glory, I simply want to journey with You wherever You are going and do whatever I can to serve You along the way. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

You will know as much of God, and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice. ― Eric Liddell

 

Quote of the Day

He who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world ― Thomas Hughes

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August 21, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Disciples 3


Ever Deeper Relationships with Jesus

 

Luke 6:12-13

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles…

 

Thought for Today

Early in His ministry Jesus gathered all the people following Him who were considered disciples, 72 people, and after a long night spent in prayer He called out twelve of these and invited them into a deeper relationship with Him. He called these twelve “apostles.” This was Jesus consistent pattern. He would take a large group and pair it down by inviting a few into ever deeper levels of relationship with Him. It started with a “multitude” of which Jesus acknowledged 72 who were consistently present with Him. From the 72 Jesus called 12 to be apostles and go with Him most of the time. From the 12 Jesus invited 3, Peter, James and John, to be with Him everywhere. Of the 3 we are told that Jesus had the closest personal relationship with John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” I believe that this is a pattern that continues in the church today. We have about 1200 people who claim membership at Immanuel. We have about 500 who worship on a weekend (about 800 unique visitors over the course of a month). Of these God has drawn about 250 into the study of His word through Immanuel. Of those who study He will call about 50 into a deeper relational studies this fall. And so it goes. Each level of engagement in the church takes you to a deeper level of relationship with Jesus. Where are you right now? What is the next step into a deeper relationship with Jesus this year? Join Jesus in the deeper relationship He is calling you to this fall.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I know You have been calling me into a deeper relationship with You. Give me the courage and strength to take that step in the days to come. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Childlike surrender and trust, I believe, is the defining spirit of authentic discipleship. — Brennan Manning

 

Quote of the Day

A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty. — Nadia Boulanger

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