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2 Samuel 13 & 14; Acts 28

We leave Acts after today. We see the command found in Acts 1:8 being fulfilled as Paul is in Rome preaching the gospel. The last verses of this book state the following; 30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance! (Acts 28:30&31 [NIV]).

Some theologians argue that the book of Acts is still being written. That we still have a task and duty to discharge. Did you know there are still 6,500 people groups in the world that do not have enough Christians in them to be able to form a church planting movement? Did you know there are approximately 3,200 people groups that are unengaged? That means no one has gone to them with the good news of Jesus.

Revelation 7:9 the Apostle John describes the scene around God’s throne in heaven. That there are people there from every tribe, tongue and people group. Right now there are 6,500 people groups that would not be a part of that picture that John writes about in his book.

What can you do today to help reach one of these groups? Can you pray? Can you give? Can you go?

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Genesis 46, Job 12, Mark 16, Romans 16

My life has been spent in the perfection mode. Go big or go home. There’s been no event that wasn’t taken to the highest or best it could be. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with wanting to do everything with excellence but perfection can be overwhelming. Perfection and lead one to spin her wheels, waste time, and feel depleted and useless because the end result was is what was expected or longed for. This strive has left me feeling useless for the kingdom of God and totally overwhelmed with where to begin.

Compassion International battles the world’s hunger crises, A21 fights human trafficking and Samaritan’s Purse helps people who are victim to violence, oppression, disaster and disease. My family and I have donated to organizations like these who have a HUGE mission and purpose. They are helping hundreds of thousands of people and literally changing the world. And when I think of the great commission, that’s exactly what comes to mind, world change. But still, I feel so small and helpless in these global fights for victory over the effects of sin in our world. Does my donation really do anything? I can’t see the fruit of my few dollars.

Mark, like all of the gospels outlines the Great Commission, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved and whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:15-16. The world is a very big place so this is a quite overwhelming to one who likes to do everything perfectly.

What I’m learning as I get older is that very few of us will change the world but we can and should be changing someone’s world. Jesus changed the world obviously by giving his life for us. But if we go back and look at his ministry, how was it that he spread the gospel? Through 12 people. His reach was actually small but it was powerful. Then those 12 people reached a few more people and the so on and so on. They changed the world one person at a time.

I have always admired the “greats” in the bible, you know, those listed in the hall of faith; Abraham, Moses, Noah, Sarah, Rahab! Their faith was great and they rose to true greatness. So much so that they were listed in the bible. That’s always been my goal (not to be listed in the bible) but to do so something so great for the kingdom that my name is remembered.

I am encouraged and reminded that world change and greatness really does start small and small is not forgotten. Starting with the people God places right in front of me, loving and serving them, that is where to begin. Saying, “Here I am, Lord” as Jacob did is always the first and most crucial step forward. As Paul closes out his letter to the Romans, his list of ladies (and some gentleman) make my heart sing for joy! These people were “no names”. They didn’t get their own book of the bible or even their own chapter yet they are there. Names we have literally never heard of before like Phoebe, Andronicus, Junia, Urbanus, Stachys and Apelles; 27 in total. They did small. They didn’t go unnoticed. Just as Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene, the one whom he had cast out demons, the one who was “worthless” and scarred, so he sees and uses each and every one who is willing to say those all-important words, “Here I am, Lord!”

Start small. Be 100% to a few. Change the world for someone.

Lord, your message was clear and your approach unconventional but you changed the world! Thank you for reminding me that there’s no need to be overwhelmed changing the world. Thank you for each and every “no name” person mentioned in your word that encourages me to say day after day, “Here I am”. Give me the courage and boldness to spend my time doing small and helping one person at a time! Amen.

Kate

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Psalms 133,134,135; 1 Corinthians 2

Psalm 133

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

1 Corinthians 2

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”  the things God has prepared for those who love him 10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

Psalm 135

The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.

Being an Engineer has some shortcomings (only one or two – possibly three).  The one causing me much angst at the moment is the reliance of wisdom for my faith.  I’m quite good with the “Book Knowledge” of God!  But, oh how I struggle with Faith born of the Spirit – the Faith built on the foundation of a Christ Centered Personal Relationship with the Creator of the universe.  The logic of it all astounds me.  I can’t get enough of it.  The wonder of God, actually going out of His way to call me to Him, is just more than my mind can grasp.  Since God can do whatever He pleases, I have to assume that He is in fact pleased to reach out to me.  How can I not live every day with joy visibly spilling out of my life?  It should be the primary focus of my life.  I should find it easy to be in harmony with fellow believers.  Why then do I forget this basic stuff, while actually living out my life?   I’m sure it is because I am pursuing my mission instead of God’s Mission.  I need a shift of focus in my life!

Father, I am so grateful that you can find pleasure in reaching out to lost sheep like myself.  I want desperately to be there when You reveal all that You have prepared for those of us who love You.  Reach out Your hand and guide my steps.  Improve my faith, so that it is born of Your Spirit, resting on the foundation of Christ.   Change my mission to be Your Mission!  Elevate my actions so that I may bring glory to Your Name!

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Gen. 29, Matt. 28, Esther 5, Acts 28

Scripture …”All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Matt. 28:18-20, ESV, italics added)

Observation This is the final verse in Matthew’s Gospel. It is Jesus’ post-resurrection, pre-ascension, final instructions to His disciples. Jesus is giving His disciples their marching orders; preach the Good News to all nations and make disciples… that is, teach them to be His students, and to be do-ers of the Word.

As if being a witness of the Good News was not enough, Matthew takes it a step further; I am to teach others to obey his commands. The reassuring aspect of this passage is Jesus’ promise to be with me as I carry out the mission.

Application When I think about the disciple-making element of the Great Commission, I find myself asking these questions:

  • Jesus has commanded me to Love others unselfishly, forgive those who mistreat me, pray without ceasing, and so many other things…  Am I learning to observe these things in increasing measure?
  • I’m called to teach others what I’ve learned, and I’ve only really learned what I’ve learned to apply. What am I applying?
  • I’m also called to be a student, in fellowship with other disciple-makers. I need to be prepared to learn from them. Am I allowing others to know me and to help me along this ‘narrow’ path?
  • Disciple-making involves both giving and receiving, it’s a team effort. Am I an active participant in the disciple-making process?

We are all striving to run the race well, and to finish strong. Some days I am able to help others learn and grow, I am making disciples. Some days, well, it’s just one of those days, and I need others to pick me up, encourage me, and teach me. On those days, I am the one in need of a loving and caring disciple-maker.

Many years ago, I ran a race on a team of about thirty runners. The finishing time was based on all the team members crossing the finish line – together. The stronger runners helped the weaker, the weaker runners gained energy and became stronger, the stronger runners stumbled while aiding others and became weak – it was a constant cycle of helping one another, of giving and receiving.

Some things in life are unattainable without the help of others. The abundant Christian life is one of those things. I find that having other disciples around me strengthens me for the journey, and without that fellowship, I fear I may have stumbled and fallen out of the race long ago.

Lord thank You for the faithful disciple-makers You’ve placed around me. May I learn from them as they learn from You, and thank You for the opportunity to pass on what I’ve learned to others who travel this path with me. Amen.

Paul

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