Meditation for 07/01/2019
“Bind up the testimony and seal up the law among my disciples.” (Isaiah8:16)
Most people rejected the prophet and his inspired message. A few disciples believed and collected the teachings for a time when people would receive them as authoritative Scripture. God used such disciples in His work of revelation and inspiration. Note: the prophet’s preaching is called “law” (Hebrew – Torah), the term used for the Mosaic law.
Disciples are God’s taught and trained ones. Isaiah committed His prophecies to dedicated disciples to preserve the Judgments and promises until they were fulfilled. God counts today on His disciples to preserve His Word, the record of His revelation throughout history.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, each of us that has committed ourselves to You, through Jesus, are the dedicated disciples that are preserving Scripture, each and every day, but our reading and understanding of Your Word. It is our responsibility to share it with others at every opportunity. Help us to be better disciples by sharing Your Word with people we encounter daily, so that preservation is within Your disciples, as well as the Bible. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
“We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Thessalonians1:3)
Beloved, disciples should not stand lazily by waiting for the judgment day. Trust in God and in His saving purposes leads us to work for Him. Love for God and His creatures prompts us to act in love for others. Hope in Christ’s promise of eternal life inspires us to continue working patiently until the promises are completely fulfilled. It really cannot be any clearer than this.
Discipleship, Nature of: (Romans 12:1-5)
Christian discipleship involves complete consecration in Christ and to His cause. Paul based his appeal to sacrificial service on the mercy of God which every Christians has experienced. He did not command nor require; he appealed. He called for a living sacrifice. No longer can God be please with a slain beast or mere material things on the altar. He wants lives sacrificed on the altar to Him. He does not want us to die for Him; He wants us to live for Him. Holing living please God. Most of the problems we find in trying to live the Christian life stem from trying to half live it. Complete commitment to Christ on the part of those who make up the body of Christ brings true unity in the church. That unity will be experienced when members function as the Lord leads and realize that we really belong to Christ’s body and not to self. Discipleship is never practiced in isolation but in relationships with others.
Second Thought of the Day:
“You did not choose me, I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit— fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:16-17)
Beloved, discipleship is not a human achievement. The disciple actually becomes a Christian on Christ’s initiative. Christ chose us as disciples to bear fruit for Him, that is to live obedient lives and lead others to know Him.
Christian love and fruit do not mark extraordinary disciples. They mark all disciples. The way Christ’s work will be continued depends on prayer offered in His name and within the bound of his character. Fruit-bearing Christians can expect answers to prayer. People without Christ’s love cannot. In all things, we are to seek counsel through prayer, and the Holy Spirit will give us answers and direction to meet the needs of disciples. We must always remain within God’s will and then to be obedient to the direction we receive.