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August 20, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Disciples 2


Follow Me

Mark 10:21

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

 

Thought for Today

In today’s verse I find what Jesus didn’t say more striking than what He does say. In talking with the rich young ruler, who approached Jesus as asked what he needed to do to inherit eternal life, Jesus invites him first to let go of the thing he trusts in most, his money. After encouraging him to let go of his security found in his wealth, Jesus does not command him to study the Scriptures. He does not offer to teach the man the information he lacks. Jesus calls him to follow. Jesus’ answer to how one inherits eternal life is to invite him into a relationship. This is Jesus’ call to all of his disciples. Discipleship is more than learning from Jesus. It is greater than obeying or serving Jesus. Discipleship is about living in a daily relationship with Jesus. In this relationship you will learn, serve, and obey, but the whole of discipleship is greater than the sum of its parts. Discipleship is about being with Jesus and doing whatever Jesus is doing in that place. What an amazing reality!

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to respond to Your daily invitation to be and abide with You by following You into the day, being where You are and doing the things You desire to do in that place. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort. ― A. W. Tozer

 

Quote of the Day

The struggle of today, is not altogether for today - it is for a vast future also. ― Abraham Lincoln

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August 19, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Disciples 1


Discipleship: Abide in the Vine

 

Study Opportunities: I am leading 2 Experiencing God groups starting in September. One on Monday evenings at Immanuel at 7:00 pm, the other is an Online group for people who travel or can’t meet at Immanuel on Thursday nights at 7:30. If you are interested in joining me for either journey into a deeper relationship with God please contact me.


John 15: 5, 8

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing…By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

 

Thought for Today

Developing Today’s Disciples. The key word in our motto is “disciple.” Jesus tells us that a disciple is someone who aides in Him. This means that we are to both connect to Him and remain connected. Jesus says that our relationship with Him is like that of a vine and its branches. While they are connected the very essence of the vine flows through the branches. They serve the vines purpose, bearing fruit. Once they are separated from the vine they cease to serve any good purpose. They don’t grow or bear any fruit. They begin to die. Too many people were connected to Jesus in their baptism, but then became separated from Him. They stopped abiding in Him, drawing on His strength or bearing His fruit. They are slowing dying spiritually and serve no real kingdom purpose. The interesting thing about Jesus using a vine for His illustration is that if you take a branch that has broken off the vine you can graft it back on. In a short period of time it will become reattached and begin to bear fruit again. If you, or someone you care about, have become disconnect from the true Vine, Jesus, they can get reconnected to Him. They can begin to have His essence flow through their spirit again and bear Jesus’ love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness and every other fruit He desires for them to bear. This is what it looks like to be a disciple of Jesus.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to abide in You this week so that I may bear the fruit that brings Your Heavenly Father glory. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Abiding does not mean sitting idly by. It means resting in the work, resting in the moment, resting in the truth, resting in the confidence that God is your ― Robin Bertram, No Regrets

 

Quote of the Day

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. — Henry David Thoreau

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August 16, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Today's 2




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08-17-2019 at 8:07 AM
Nina Benson
Amen!
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