10/29/2021 Today’s Meditation is dedicated to Emma on her birthday!
!“Bind up the testimony and seal up the law among my disciples.” (Isaiah 8:16)
Disciples were considered God’s taught and trained ones. Isaiah committed His prophecies to dedicated disciples to preserve the judgments and promises until they wee fulfilled. Today, God counts on His people to preserve His Word, the record of His revelation throughout history. Furthermore, He expects us as His children, to continue the ministry begun by our Lord Jesus Christ, to spread these works out for study and understanding.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, allow Your word to sink into our hearts and minds, appreciating the efforts You have made for all of us, and to allow us to strengthen our relationship with You. Give us people to speak with, to share Your Word and to continue Jesus’ ministry on earth, until the day we all are welcomed into the kingdom. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“May we live simply, so that others may simply live.”
“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, 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.” (Romans 12:1-5)
Becoming a Christian involves complete consecration to Christ and to His cause. Paul based his appeal to sacrificial serve on the mercy of God which every Christians has experienced. He didn’t command nor require; he simply appealed. He called for a living sacrifice. No longer can God be pleased with a slain beast or mere material things on the altar. Instead 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. Holy living please God. Most of the problems we find in trying to live the Christian life generally arise from trying to half live it. Complete commitment to Christ on the part of those make 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. Christian discipleship is never practiced in isolation but in relations with others.
“We continually remember before our God and Father you work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Thessalonians 1:3)
Christians 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.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John do you truly love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said ‘you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.’ Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John , do you truly love me?’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’ The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘God you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.’” (John 21:15-17)
Christian discipleship has only one requirement. We may be disciples if we love Jesus so deeply we are willing to do what He asks. Each time Simon Peter answered Jesus’ question concerning loving Him, the Lord gave him a task to do. When Peter asked what John was to do, Jesus said that should not concern Peter. Love for Jesus leads us to serve other people. Every disciples has a task. My primary concern is to do the task the Lord has given to me because I love Him. The Lord will give others whatever assignment please Him. So, do you love Jesus? Are you willing to do the task He asks you to do?