“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:
Precious Abba, You used dedicated disciples in the time of Isaiah who believed and collected these inspired messages and continue to use dedicated disciples even in today’s times. Their purpose is to preserve Your judgments and promises. God still counts on His disciples today and will into the future, to keep the record of His revelation throughout history. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Love is never afraid of giving too much!”
“To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: ‘Grace and peace to you.’ We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your worked produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Thessalonians1:3)
Beloved, disciples of Jesus Christ are not to lazily sit back and wait on Christ’s return to this earth on 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 and diligently until the promises are completely fulfilled.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—-his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: God not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans12:1-5)
Christian discipleship involves complete consecration to Christ and to His cause. Paul based his appeal to sacrificial service on the mercy of God which every Christian has experienced. He did not command nor require; he appealed. He called for a living sacrifice. No longer can God be pleased with a slain beast or mere material things on the altar. Beloved, He want lives sacrificed on the altar to Him. He does not want us to die for Him; He wants us to live for Him. Holy living pleases God. Most of the problems we find in trying to live the Christian life probably arise from trying to half live it. He seeks complete commitment to Christ on the part of those who make up the body of Christ brings true unit in the church. This unity will e experienced when members function as the Lord leads and realize hat we really belong to Christ’s body and not to self! Therefore, discipleship is never practiced in isolation but in relations with others.
Second Thought of the Day:
“When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.’ Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark10:41-45)
James and John (sons of Zebedee) has approached Jesus to allow one of them sit on his right and the other on his left in the kingdom, which revealed that they still didn’t understand true discipleship. Office and power do not make a person great. Service does. To be Christ’s disciple is to serve God and other people.
The Lord Himself came not to be served but to serve, even unto death on a cross. Disciples do not search for power and authority. We seek ways to help others. The greatest disciple will be the greatest servant. So in short, it is not about us, but what we can do to serve others, that makes us a servant of God through Christ Jesus!